Smokers urged to join the Stoptober challenge

South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group SLCCG) is supporting Stoptober – England and Wales’ mass 28-day stop smoking challenge following its huge success last year, which saw, nationally,160,000 people successfully complete the challenge.

The campaign launched on 1 October as new research from Public Health England shows the extra years of life that can be gained by giving up smoking and staying smokefree. Someone who quits smoking for Stoptober, and doesn’t smoke again, could gain an extra seven days of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life.

Along with the health benefits, stopping will save the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year. During last year’s Stoptober campaign, a staggering £25 million was saved by the 160,000 people from not buying cigarettes.

Dr Miles Langdon, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said:
“Over 8 million people in England smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking-related disease. Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal."

One in two long-term smokers die as a result of smoking, this is the single biggest cause of premature death taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK and costing the NHS up to £2.7 billion each year.

Stoptober is all about supporting and encouraging each other to quit – potentially adding years to your life. Taking part in the challenge is a first step to a longer and healthier life so have a go, by stopping with Stoptober.

Stoptober 2013 starts on 1 October and runs for 28 days. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind more information ca be found at: