Better Health – Stoptober is back for its ninth year, to remind all smokers that now more than ever, ahead of flu season, is the time to put your lungs first, quit smoking and breathe easier, by joining the nation’s biggest quit attempt from October 1st.

New data released today in the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study find that compared to 2019 the proportion of smokers in England making a quit attempt has increased from 29% to 35% (an increase of almost a quarter) and the success rate for quit attempts has risen from 14% to 23%, representing an increase of almost two thirds29. Smoking prevalence among adults is at a record low of 13.9%.

Better Health – Stoptober is reminding those looking to quit this October that they are not alone, and will be joining the 1 million people in the UK who quit smoking during the coronavirus lockdown according to calculations by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)31, and over 2 million smokers who have made a quit attempt with Stoptober since the campaign launched.32 Public Health England has also seen the power in community and have rallied together leading UK health charities and organisations to help encourage smokers in England to give quitting a go this Stoptober.

If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Search ‘Stoptober’ online to find a range of free quitting support including the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails, Stoptober online communities, expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and stop smoking aids.

If you want to access support locally, why not contact our quit team in Barnsley? Take a look at: https://www.barnsleyhospital.nhs.uk/service/hospital-stop-smoking-service/