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Thousands set to quit smoking for Stoptober

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Smokers across the UK are being urged to quit as part of the Public Health England Stoptober campaign. Last year, over quarter of a million people took part in the campaign and more than half went the whole 28 days without smoking.

According to Public Health England, smokers are two-thirds (67%) more likely to quit when their partner stops smoking alongside them. They explained that social quitting “can dramatically improve people’s chances of successfully stopping.”

British comedians Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray and Shappi Khorsandi will send messages of support to those who have signed up for Stoptober through the smartphone app and emails.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer of Public Health England explains that smoking is the biggest preventable killer in the UK. “80,000 people die a year in England because of smoking, and so stopping smoking is the single best thing a person can do for their health.”

“We know quitting with a friend or family member can increase a person’s chances of stopping for good. Why not join the thousands of people all across the country who are quitting at the same time during Stoptober, maximising their chances of getting through 28 days smokefree.”

To mark the beginning of Stoptober, the Health & Social Care Information Centre has published an infographic outlining the effects of smoking in the UK.


To sign up for Stoptober for free, visit the website

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