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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  • rate this
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    Comment number 281.

    Stop October will not work, I am a social smoker only and I believe in I can stop when I want too. Things like this are commercial and want smokers on the smoke less electric cigs. Any one reading this do not be fooled by things called smoke less october. Another bloody scam by the NHS.

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    Comment number 280.

    Keep an unwashed ashtray in a bag in the basement and whenever the urge to smoke arises, have a sniff, take a breath of fresh air, eat or drink something and remind yourself that you're making someone else rich to put you into an early grave. You're only addicted to nicotine for 3 days tops, after which it's all in your mind and your hands. If you really want to quit you'll succeed. Good luck.....

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    Comment number 279.

    If people want to tackle other issues of household & contraband drugs, alcohol, and motor vehicle emissions then those are good aspirations, but I don't see why it should detract from tackling smoking as an issue. It all is rather compounded - let's get cracking on working the sciences and technologies to help us all for our betterment.

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    Comment number 278.

    I quit four and a half months ago. Having tried with NRT several times I found that Champix (second generation stop smoking medication) worked phenomenally well! Whilst I had background nausia for a few weeks it was a small price to pay for no cravings!

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    Comment number 277.

    Ive started the quit today! on patches and an inhalator! had my last cigarette this morning when i woke up and couldn't even finish it. I'm fed up wasting my health and money on a habit that does nothing but slowly and surely kill you and think its a good idea to do this sort of campaign to encourage more people to stop. So far so good!

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    Comment number 276.

    Good luck everyone! I know you need pushing gently, even by complete strangers like me! I've just realised that it will be two years smoke free for me on the eleventh. It's true the first month is difficult but after 2 or 3 weeks you are so chuffed with yourself and feeling so much more energetic that it spurs you on to the point where you're not really thinking much about it. I never do nowadays.

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    Comment number 275.

    As someone who is 60+ and never smoked, I cannot understand how hard it is to stop. So for those who are trying now, the sincerest of wishes for hard-fought success. To youngsters - please, please don't start. Once you are out of your teens, you will realise it is not cool at all.

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    Comment number 274.

    I'd rather see fat families giving up fast food. Too many fat kids these days.

    But smokers are an easier group to bash than people with 'big bones'. Fat people have every excuse under the sun for eating including telling you they don't eat a thing.

    If someone wants to smoke, that's none of my business. They should be as free to do so as the fatties are to frequent McDonalds.

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    Comment number 273.

    I gave up smoking 36 days, 22 hours and 16 minutes ago and it has been a very interesting experience. People often talk about the hardest parts, which of course are the most memorable, but the other emotions you feel need to be taken into account. Every time you want a fag just think 'This is an interesting feeling and I am Louis Theroux investigating it', then stop. Seriously, there is no point.

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    Comment number 272.

    156. Hancharl

    I tried loads of methods to give up ... I was on 60 a day PC worker at home so could smoke freely ....

    Have swapped ordinary cigarettes for the electronic ones.

    My smoker cough has gone, cheaper, and no longer cough and splutter after running for the bus ...

    3.5 months and several thousand pounds up!

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    Comment number 271.

    Good luck to everyone you can do it and the sooner the better I stopped 8 years ago however I was diagnosed with lung cancer in January this year but was so lucky they caught it early.
    You must do everything possible to stop the sooner the better its not too late it will kill you sooner or later think of all the things you want to do or see YOU CAN DO IT AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE Good luck

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    Comment number 270.

    I quit just over five years ago when the smoking ban came in. Without doubt it was difficult, even with nicotine replacement therapy. However, I managed to achieve it, even after nearly thirty years of smoking. I didn't put on weight. I adjusted my diet and started running, albeit a little at a time. I am now an ex smoker who can run half marathons. If you want to stop you can. Be strong!

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    Comment number 269.

    @257. York Alty
    'Smokers are social lepers. That drives into groups where they seek comfort from each other. ughh,'
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    Cleaners stand side by side with Directors at tea break having a smoke outside whatever the weather. Smoking and it's laws have succeeded where communism failed...it's made people equal!

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    Comment number 268.

    @225. Simon Johnson
    'Stoptober' is therefore a marketing campaign by the manufacturers of nicotine replacement products.
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    OK, what if it is, do you think this is wrong?

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    Comment number 267.

    I was smoking between 20 and 40 a day for 20 years and decided one night to stop. Cold turkey, no problems, I craved a smoke the next day but just said to myself "I don't smoke". that was 8 months ago, best decision I've ever made.

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    Comment number 266.

    264. Felix B
    I'm a happy smoker. I love smoking.... I don't believe in passive smoking; there is not one iota of reliable information to show that passive smoking is harmful.
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    How very convenient. Typical attitude of the addict to justify and accommodate the addiction.

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    Comment number 265.

    With all the best will in the world, I dont think this will work very well as after 28 days most who do it will just start again.I stopped 14 months ago using the "easyway" book by Allen Carr.This should be prescribed instead of patches etc or pushing token gestures like stoptober as it properly helps you unlock the addiction, and thats exactly what you are if you smoke, an ADDICT!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 264.

    I'm a happy smoker. I love smoking. I hate all the do-gooders and busy-bodies trying to make me quit such an enjoyable habit. If it harms me, then that is my decision. I don't believe in passive smoking; there is not one iota of reliable information to show that passive smoking is harmful.
    In short, get off my case.

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    Comment number 263.

    It took me over a year of failure and repeated attempts to quit, I've managed 10 weeks so far and consider myself someone who is not smoking anymore. It might be easy for some, but we are all different and everyone's experience will be different. Best of luck to those who are quitting, the financial incentive alone makes it worthwhile.

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    Comment number 262.

    I am 64 and was hooked on smoking at 13. At 28 (on 40 - 50 a day) my chest was suffering and I was desperate to stop after trying for more than 10 years. At 31 I thought I'd cracked it but kept grabbing a smoke whenever I could. I had my last cigarette at 46! NEVER STOP TRYING. Don't listen to those who say there are worse things - I have seen enough people die before their time from smoking

 

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