Stoptober- the 28 day challenge which supports the nation’s eight million smokers to stop smoking – is back.
Over three quarters of a million people have already taken part in the nation’s biggest quit attempt since it began and research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days means you’re five times more likely to stop for good.
By signing up to Stoptober, you will receive a variety of free and proven support including packs, apps and emails to help you quit for 28 days and beyond. Face-to-face advice and support can also be obtained from your local Stop Smoking Service, which is on hand to provide you with tailored advice and hints and tips on how to quit. You can find your local service at nhs.uk/smokefree. You might also find stop smoking medicines useful and your local pharmacy team will be able to help find the right one for you.
The start of Stoptober this year coincides with the introduction of new legislation in England and Wales making it illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under the age of 18 present. Both the driver and the smoker can be fined if anyone smokes in the vehicle.
The law is changing to protect children from the dangers of secondhand smoke and will come into effect on 1st October. Every time a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals, which put them at risk of serious conditions including meningitis, cancer, and respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
With one less place to smoke, there is one more reason to sign up to Stoptober.
For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, sign up online.