Stoptober is back!
11 Sep 2023
Stoptober is back this October with a new national campaign designed to encourage and support smokers to quit for good. While smoking rates have declined in recent years, over 5 million people in England still smoke and it remains the single biggest cause of preventable illness and death.
What is Stoptober? Stoptober is an annual event where smokers are encouraged to give up smoking for at least 28 days during October. If you can quit for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to quit for good. The NHS has a free Stoptober app to help you make it through the 28 days with daily support messages, a savings calculator and tips to help you manage any cravings. Since its inception in 2012, Stoptober has successfully helped 2.5 million smokers to make a quit attempt and has become a well-recognised annual event in the public health calendar.
The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘When you stop smoking, good things start to happen’; reminding you of the many benefits of quitting and providing useful tips to you on their quitting journey.
How can Leeds Stop Smoking Services help?
By signing up to Stoptober you will join our programme. There are two main ways to try quitting smoking. One way is to stop completely. You set a quit date and stop altogether on this date. The other way is to cut down. You set your quit date and then reduce the amount you smoke gradually until this date, and then you stop completely. Or you might reduce now and set a quit date when you feel more ready.
Whatever option you choose, we can help you. Here's how...
- Stop completely with a Health Coach
- Stop completely by yourself
- Stop completely with a group
- Cut down by yourself