Stop smoking this October
01 October 2020
Stoptober is back for its ninth year, and Cheshire Clinical Commissioning group will be supporting and encouraging you to get involved.
We want to remind all smokers that now more than ever, ahead of flu season, is the time to put your lungs first, quit smoking and breathe easier, by joining the nation’s biggest quit attempt from October 1st.
13.8% of adults in Cheshire East are smokers and 11.3% in Cheshire West and Chester.
There has already been a surge in smokers trying to quit in 2020 and a big increase in success rates for those who try. If you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you’re five times more likely to quit for good.
2020 has made us all think about our health and lifestyle and stopping smoking can significantly improve your health in ways you might not expect.
Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer term.
After 3-9 months, coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
And after just 1 year the risk of heart attack has halved compared to a smoker. And research suggests that people who have quit for a year are happier than those who continue to smoke.
Not only are there health benefits but large financial benefits too! A 20-a-day smoker can save an average of £4,077.05 a year by stopping smoking.
Search ‘Stoptober’ online to find a range of free quitting support including the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails, Stoptober online communities, expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and stop smoking aid.
It's never too late to quit, so join in this Stoptober. Let's do this!
For help and support, visit nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/