The popular quit-smoking campaign which calls on people to give up smoking for October is back.
- There are 1 million fewer smokers in England now than there were in 2014
- Smoking prevalence in the east of England is currently at 14.2%
The Public Health England campaign encourages people to quit by seeking expert help from stop smoking services together with stop smoking aids.
Six in ten smokers want to quit but most try to quit using willpower alone despite this being the least effective method. The most successful quit attempts use a combination of effective stop smoking support methods.
Over half (51%) of smokers who took advantage of stop smoking services and smoking aids managed to quit. The provider of the stop smoking service in Thurrock is Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service. Visit Thurrock Council’s website for more information.
New to this year, Public Health England’s Stoptober campaign is offering a free online ‘Personal Quit Plan’ to help smokers find the right stop smoking support for them.
The online plan asks a number of questions and provides smokers with a suggested combination of support based on their level of tobacco dependency and what support they have used previously. Smokers will be advised that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products are most effective when used in combination – an all-day patch together with a fast-acting option such as an inhaler or lozenges to help them deal with any immediate cravings.
Last year, nearly 400,000 smokers in England quit successfully, which is the equivalent to 1,069 smokers each day. Despite new smokers starting and ex-smokers relapsing, there are now 1 million fewer smokers in England since 2014. With the help of Stoptober, you can make 2018 the year you quit for good.
Stoptober is based on research that if you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you are five times more likely to quit for good. The new Personal Quit Plan will recommend a range of options to smokers including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies like patches, gum or inhalers, and e-cigarettes.
For more on Stoptober, visit the One You website.