We’re delighted to share that 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. 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 earlier you quit smoking, the more you’re likely to benefit.
But it’s never too late – because quitting will improve your health whatever your age and no matter how long you have smoked.
Better physical health
Every time you smoke a cigarette, your body is flooded with thousands of chemicals, many of which are poisonous.
The day you stop, your body starts clearing itself of all those nasty toxins and the repair process begins.
Reduced risks of smoking-related diseases
Your longer-term risks of cancer, lung disease, heart disease and stroke. You will also be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, bone disease including osteoporosis, eye disease and dementia.
Better mental health
You may think that smoking supports your mental wellbeing, and helps you to relax, deal with stress and anxiety, and cope with life’s difficulties.
In fact, the opposite is true. Stopping smoking boosts mental health and wellbeing.
Free NHS Quit Smoking App
If you want to stop smoking for good, the NHS Quit Smoking app is a 28 day programme that puts practical support, encouragement, and tailored clinical advice in the palm of your hand.