Stoptober is back to launch its 10th mass quit attempt on 1st October, calling on smokers in England to join the 2.3 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago in 20121.
Over 6 million adults in England still smoke2, and it remains the leading cause of premature death, with almost 75,000 preventable deaths a year3.. A new nationwide survey of 2,000 current smokers released today has found that nearly half (45%) have been smoking more since the first lockdown began4.
If you are a smoker, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health, allowing you to start moving better, breathe more easily and save money. Join the thousands of others and start your quitting journey this October.
Just search ‘Stoptober’ for more information and free tools to help you quit or visit https://www.smokefreehackney.org/.
Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Once you have taken that all important first step to stopping smoking the health benefits are endless.
The day you start to quit is the day you become healthier.
Below explains what health benefits you gain within minutes, hours and years after you have quit smoking.
- 20 Minutes: BP and heart rate improve
- 12 Hours: Carbon Monoxide levels in your blood return to normal
- 2-12 Weeks: Your chance of having a heart attack decreases
- 1 Year Your: Excess risk of heart disease drops to half of that of a smoker
- 5-15 Years: Your stroke risk is that on a non-smoker
- 10 Years: Your risk of cancer decreases
How to self refer, Its easy click on this link to get started - https://smokefreecityandhackney.org/referral
1 PHE Monitoring Evaluation Data, 2021
2 ONS Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2019 See link
3 ONS mortality statistics: NHS Digital Statistics on Smoking, England 2020 See link
4 Opinium online survey conducted across a representative sample of 2,000 smokers in England, 20th – 31st August 2021 over 18 years.