The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Thursday, 21 November

Stoptober - Quitting Smoking Sweeps the Nation

Smokers across the country are being urged to take part in Stoptober (the mass quitting challenge from Public Health England (PHE) starting on 1 October) and join nearly 15 million people who have already quit.

Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers who made a quit attempt, 500,000 people (20%) were successful; the highest recorded success rate and up from just 13.6% 6 years ago.

This increase in successful stop smoking attempts reflects the high number of people using quitting aids. In 2015, just over a million people (1,027,000) used an e-cigarette in a quit attempt while around 700,000 used a licensed nicotine replacement product such as patches or gum. In addition, over 350,000 people used their local stop smoking service in 2015 to 2016.

Alongside this, according to the latest data from Nielsen, the number of cigarettes sold in England and Wales has dropped by 20% in the last 2 years.

The smoking rate in England has also fallen to below 17% for the first time. The biggest decreases in smoking over the last 4 years can be seen in the South West (18.7% to 15.5%), the North East (22% to 18.7%) and Yorkshire and Humber (21.9% to 18.6%).

Dr Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: While we know that quitting smoking is not easy, this Stoptober is a perfect time to try again. The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to stop smoking. There is more help and support available now than ever before. The introduction of standardised packs removes the glamorous branding and brings health warnings to the fore and e-cigarettes, which many smokers find helpful for quitting, are now regulated to assure their safety and quality.

We also have a range of free support that can go direct to your phone, laptop or tablet via the Stoptober app, a daily email service or Facebook Messenger bot. The new Stoptober website also has advice and information on stop smoking services and quitting aids. Stoptober has helped lots of smokers quit for 28 days and beyond. So if you smoke, why not make this Stoptober the time you quit - for good.

Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing for PHE said: While it is amazing that there are over twice as many ex-smokers as current smokers in England there are still over 7 million people regularly lighting up.

Alongside unhealthy diet, smoking is the biggest cause of preventable early death in England, accounting for over 78,000 deaths a year. Quitters will soon see they have reduced blood pressure, easier breathing and better circulation. Stopping smoking is the best thing a smoker can do to improve their health.

Ex-England cricketer and Question of Sport captain, Phil Tufnell, said: "I’m really pleased to be supporting Stoptober this year. I have smoked pretty steadily since I was a teenager, even through my cricket career. I have tried to give up before and know how tough it is, but I am going to try and quit again from 1 October.

"Even if you have tried quitting before like me and failed, just give it another go and keep trying. The more you try to quit the more likely you are to get there. Stoptober is here to help, so let’s try and get through to 28 days without a fag by taking it one day at a time.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. Coronary Heart Disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and by giving up smoking you’ll be dramatically reducing your chances of having a potentially deadly heart attack or stroke.

"Stoptober is the perfect opportunity for people to take action to protect their health and join thousands of others who are also making a quit attempt this month."

 

Try it for 28 days

Stoptober is back for a fifth year, having driven almost a million quit attempts to date. It starts on the 1 October and is based on research that by the time you have quit for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to stop for good.

Picture: Chris Kamara and Smoking Phil Tufnell have lent their weight to the Stoptober campaign

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

Share



Related Articles

Smoking and Drinking - Encourage One But Not the Other

March 13 marked the start of Nutrition and Hydration Week - March 13-19. This yearly awareness campaign aims to highlight and promote improvements in the provision of...

 Read Full Article
Menopause Screening A Life Saver

Health screening for women as they hit the menopause may be a life saving intervention say doctors. Menopause expert Miss Tania Adib, a consultant gynaecologist at...

 Read Full Article
Measuring the Cost of Stress in the Workplace

Pressure is part and parcel of most work environments and to an extent, our modern way of life. At an appropriate level, pressure can help us to maintain our motivation...

 Read Full Article
Nine to Five & Five to Nine - We Want the Airwaves

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has encouraged leading TV and radio broadcasters to work with him to help inform Londoners in particular and the country as a whole about...

 Read Full Article
Healthy Offices - the Board Convenes

The British Council for Offices (BCO) has announced this week ending April 28 that it is commissioning a major research study 'Wellness Matters: health and wellbeing...

 Read Full Article
Speaking-up About Difficult Conversations

A Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) report has found that 53% of managers are not trained or qualified to handle ‘difficult...

 Read Full Article
Middle Age and Modern Life - Obesity the New Normal

PHE’s (Public Health England) One You campaign was launched at the end of January to help middle age people live more healthily by asking ‘How are you?’...

 Read Full Article
Dads Take The Penalties - Employers Miss Their Goals

The UK is running the risk of creating a ‘fatherhood penalty’ – as fathers consider stalling or side-lining their careers to find roles they can better...

 Read Full Article
Eight Ways To Design Wellbeing Into The Office

Most employers would agree that the health and wellbeing of staff is important to their company's success. There are plenty of ways you can improve your office space...

 Read Full Article
For Hands That Do

Paul Jakeway explains why workplaces should think beyond the provision of handwashing opportunities – and implement a structured skin care programme that keeps the...

 Read Full Article