Stoptober is a Government initiative that hopes to encourage millions of smokers to stop smoking for 28 days throughout the month of October.
According to the Chief Medical Officer in England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, this is the first time the Government has launched a “mass quit attempt”.
The scheme is being backed by both the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK, and will be promoted through a combination of television adverts, radio advertising, a daily messaging service and road shows that will take place up and down the country.
Speaking about the initiative Prof Davies said: “Smoking is still the biggest cause of premature death in England, taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK every year.
“This is the first time that we have launched a mass quit attempt like Stoptober and would encourage people who want to quit to get involved.”
According to statistics, smokers who kick their habit for a 28-day period are up to five times more likely to remain smoke free in the future.
With smoking now accounting for one in every four cancer related deaths, it is vital that work continues to support smokers who desperately want to quit but are struggling to do it on their own.
Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation Maureen Talbot, said: “Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your own health as well as those you love and live with.
“About two thirds of smokers say they want to quit, so Stoptober provides a great opportunity to join thousands of people in the same situation and ditch the cigarettes for good.”
If you would like to give up smoking but are struggling to find the willpower and the motivation to do it independently, you may find the help of a qualified counsellor to be extremely beneficial.
Visit our Quitting Smoking page to find out more about how counselling could help you, and head on over to the Stoptober website to sign-up to the campaign and begin your journey to going smoke-free now.
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