October is the month to quit
Stoptober – the campaign to encourage smokers to quit in October – is back in its tenth year and during that time 2.3 million people have quit.
By supporting the campaign, Somerset County Council is encouraging smokers in Somerset to seek help and join thousands of others across the country who have signed up to quit smoking in October.
More than six million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the leading cause of premature death, with almost 75,000 preventable deaths per year. A new national survey of 2,000 current smokers released today found that nearly half (45%) had smoked more since the start of the first lockdown.
The main reasons reported are boredom in blockages (43%) or the pandemic which makes them more anxious (42%). In addition, data from the monthly UCL Smoking Toolkit study indicates a sharp increase in smoking among those under 35 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, from 18% in 2019 to 24%.[ercent[ercent
Due to the increase in smoking behaviors, this year’s Stoptober mass quit attempt is more important than ever, with quitting remaining one of the best things a smoker can do for their health.
That’s why this year’s Stoptober campaign is encouraging smokers to join the thousands of others who are trying to quit for the month of October and sign up to discover the benefits of quitting. These include being able to move better, breathe easier, and save money.
Stoptober offers a range of free tools to quit smoking, including: NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messaging robot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and texts, and a personal quit plan. line.
The Personal Quit Plan helps people find a combination of supports that are right for them, including expert support from local quit smoking services and quit smoking aids.
The local Quit Smoking Service, Smokefreelife Somerset (SFLS), offers a free quit smoking service that helps Somerset residents become non-smokers.
Getting the right support can quadruple your chances of success – Smokefreelife Somerset offers a 12 week treatment program that focuses on supporting behavior change.
Quit smoking coaches are also available as part of the program to advise on the use of licensed quit smoking medications to aid nicotine withdrawal, who can provide these products where appropriate.
Cllr Clare Paul, Somerset County Council for Health and Wellness, said: “Quitting smoking is one of the nicest things you can do for your health. Smoking is a leading cause of illness and death – smoking cessation has many health benefits.
“I encourage all who smoke to take this opportunity to join the many other people in Somerset who are participating in Stoptober and making it their year to quit.”
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