by | October 1st 2023 | Blog


Stoptober is back and we are calling on smokers in Plymouth to join the 2.5 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it first launched.

Over 5 million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the biggest behavioural cause of preventable illness and death, with 64,000 deaths a year. This year’s Stoptober mass quit attempt is as important as 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 committing to quitting for the month of October – quit smoking for 28 days and you’re five times more likely to quit for good.

The theme for this year’s campaign, “When you stop smoking, good things start to happen,” aims to emphasise the immediate advantages you can experience when you quit smoking.

See what happens when your shortness of breath decreases and you’ve got so much more energy like John.

John – You’re a legend!

Or you start saving on average £70 a week like Jess.

Good effort Jess!

Did you know that nearly all ex-smokers notice positive changes in their lives as early as two weeks after quitting? New nationwide research has shown that 95% of ex-smokers saw positive changes as soon as two weeks after quitting. Some 3,000 adults were interviewed in the last week of August as part of the study conducted by Censuswide. The study found that some of the top benefits they saw within 2 weeks of quitting included having more energy (45%), feeling healthier (42%) and breathing better (42%).

In addition to key improvements in health measures, many survey respondents also noted improvement in their ability to exercise (22%), healthier looking skin (24%), their sense of taste returning (25%), and saving money (34%).

Search “Stoptober” and you’ll find a range of free quitting tools including: the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan tool. It provides information and advice on proven quitting methods, the range of stop smoking aids and further information on how vaping can help you quit. For more information on the Stoptober resources, visit the Better Health Quit Smoking Website.

Finding the right support is the best thing you can do to make your quit attempt successful. You can get expert, free support from our stop smoking services.  We will welcome you with open, non-judgemental arms so that you can get the advice you need to live your best, healthiest life free from the heightened risks of serious illnesses.

Call 01752 437177 or email [email protected] today to book an appointment with our friendly NHS Health Improvement Practitioners.