Stoptober urges smokers to 'mass quit'

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Smokers are being asked to give up smoking for 28 days from 1 October in the first mass quit attempt.

Stoptober, backed by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation, hopes a united effort will help many of England's eight million smokers to quit successfully.

Research shows people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.

It also shows mass movements and mass media campaigns can have a big impact.

Public health experts say campaigns that include a combination of hard-hitting "why to quit" and supportive "how to quit" messages work best.

Giving up smoking can be difficult. People are much more likely to quit successfully if they get support than if they try to do it alone and go cold-turkey.

Quitting tips

  • Be clear why you want to quit
  • Tell people you are quitting and use their support
  • Use stop smoking services
  • Have a plan

Robert West, director of tobacco studies at University College London, told the BBC there was good reason to set up a mass movement to help smokers quit because people are "social animals" influenced by each other.

Smokers who join Stoptober are given free support to help them quit. There is a mobile phone app that can monitor quitters' progress and the offer of daily motivational texts to keep them on track.

There is also a Stoptober Facebook page where people can exchange ideas and get additional tips and advice.

According to the Department of Health, smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in England and accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK each year.

One in two long-term smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.


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    Comment number 101.

    For crying out loud just leave people alone. If they want to smoke then let them!!!

    By the way i don't smoke!!!

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    Comment number 100.

    56.Andy The Thinker
    "Ban all smoking and be done with it. It makes you smell and look stupid."

    So does farming, so should we ban that as well?

    (you might like to try the spell-checker too, or would that involve too much "thinking")?

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    Comment number 99.

    @BluesBerry: Do you actually have any evidence that prescription drugs are the biggest killer. I've not found anything to justify your claims with my searches. I'd be interested to see what you're basing this on as it sounds very disturbing and wholly inaccurate. How was the data found, what constitutes a death due to prescribed medication? Do deliberate overdoses count? If so, should they?

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    Comment number 98.

    Giving up smoking is well easy.

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    Comment number 97.

    As I light a ciggie I am thinking about all the youngsters falling down drunk most weekends and rolling about in gutters, but god forbid they light a ciggie whilst out clubbing.

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    Comment number 96.

    88.Rhyfelwyr Tell that to a newborn, whose buggy is nose level to the car exhaust pipe, what then is the relative dose to a brand new pair of lungs?

    @ 85.fwancyd47 OMG you are not one of those nasty open mouth gum chewers are you? :-}

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    Comment number 95.

    Riggadon - Here is an article that looks at a variety of aspects of smoking cessation. It cites two studies where smokers who quit for 2 weeks have 4 times the odds ratio of staying cig-free 6 months later. Given this, I think it's reasonable to think that if a smoker quits for 4 weeks the chances will increase even more: "What Predicts a Successful Smoking Cessation Attempt" KA Ryckman

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    Comment number 94.

    whoisfabian; 'You can't decide what you put in your body, because I disagree, I don't like the idea of putting smoke or drink or drugs in my body, and as such, neither can you. Only I have the right to freedom of choice, the rest of you plebites must live by my rules!' - Cheers, Adolf

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    Comment number 93.

    To all those people 'erm' worring about the loss of taxes from this, the current and past governments have been stockpiling for years to remedy this, just look at how much petrol prices have gone up since they've stopped smoking in public places!

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    Comment number 92.

    My dad will be 80 in a couple of years and he is still going strong. He was a 40 a day man (he has cut down but still certainly over 20 a day).
    While he was well into his 60's, he used to cycle to Geneva from Langley, Slough. How many young non-smokers can do that?

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    Comment number 91.

    Just Bio Resenance it...

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    Comment number 90.

    In what way are you healthier?! Has that been confirmed by a doctor or by just how you think you feel? My late auntie who smoked for many years thought exactly the same until she had a lung removed and then a few years later died of cancer. Prevention is better than cure and less painful plus it also saves taxpayers money on the NHS.

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    Comment number 89.

    Been off the ciggies for 18 months but I am still perplexed by two things:

    1. Why screen 'bad' ciggies' in supermarkets when my children can still skip past piles of alcohol on offer and
    2. Where is the short-fall in revenue going to be met from?

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    Comment number 88.

    @33 - sure, transportation is responsible for various nasty emissions too. What you need to get your head around here is the concept of 'Dose'. Five minutes with a cigarette is worth weeks of being stood by the roadside when you take relative doses into account.

    Good luck to all those trying to quit, btw. I do this perennially and have nearly managed to quit. Just the odd cigar now and then.

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    Comment number 87.

    @ 61.Wrinkles where did you get that information from? Backed up by scientific evidence presumable but not the type of scientific evidence that said it was OK for pregnant women to take Thalidomide or that it is all right for cows to eat other dead cows hopefully

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    Comment number 86.

    83 WiseOldBob
    " the "Butt-out" campaign is seeking to ban people who we really don't give a stuff about from endelessly poking at our lives."

    Yes, that sums up most smokers..... don't give a stuff about anybody else.

    Poor choice of screen name..... definitely not at all wise.

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    Comment number 85.

    Sod the cigs, anyone know how to get off Nicorette gum addiction, been on it for several years now.. at least I don’t have to go outside the pub to chew.

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    Comment number 84.

    My wife and gave up back in May. Not for the first time either. however, this time we used patches and weened ourselves off the patches slowly. It's been worth it, I now struggle to understand how we ever afforded it in the first place. We both have had cravings but neither of us want to smoke again, and supporting each other in this is incredibly beneficial when cravings, however rare, do occur.

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    Comment number 83.

    Starting on 1st Oct. there will also be a mass carry-on smoking campaign by people who are sick and tired of being bullied by nanny do-good. the "Butt-out" campaign is seeking to ban people who we really don't give a stuff about from endelessly poking at our lives.

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    Comment number 82.

    It does not say who conducted the research, how it was conducted and where the results can be checked, so I reserve the right to be highly sceptical, despite aggressive attacks and name calling from those who want me to swallow this whole without checking the facts. Scientists question research all the time, are they "fools" for doing so? No, thats what makes them scientists! Glad to be a fool.


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