Take up the Stoptober challenge with friends, family and colleagues
OCCG is encouraging people who want to quit smoking to join the national Stoptober challenge from 1 October. To stand an even better chance of quitting, smokers are encouraged to sign up with friends, family and colleagues, as evidence reveals ‘social quitting’ can dramatically improve people’s chances of stopping for good.
In addition this year, Stoptober will be providing quitters with a personal touch from some of the nation’s leading comedians – Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray and Shappi Khorsandi. Messages of support and encouragement will be sent straight to quitters’ phones and emails throughout October.
Over a quarter of a million people across the country signed up to Stobtober last year, 36,000 people in the South East alone, with more than half making it to 28 days. By stopping smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stop for good.
Remember, smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in the country. According to Public Health England, one in every two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking related disease unless they quit.
By signing up to Stoptober, you can choose from a range of free support tools including daily emails and text messages from the comedians during the month as well as a mobile phone app which includes lots more tips and advice.
To sign up to the nation’s biggest mass quit attempt, search Stoptober online or visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober