Stoptober 2015

Research shows smokers are 67% more likely to quit if their partner also stops smoking and 36% more likely to quit if a friend stops.

Smokers across the country are being urged to sign up to Stoptober, the country's 28-day mass quit attempt from Public Health England (PHE), to receive support and encouragement every step of the way from some of the nation's top comedians.

Stoptober

And to stand an even better chance of quitting, they are encouraged to sign up with their friends, family and colleagues, as evidence reveals that this type of ‘social quitting' can dramatically improve people's chances of successfully stopping.

Research shows that smokers are two-thirds (67%) more likely to quit when their spouse stops smoking, and a third more likely to quit when a close friend (36%) or someone they work with (34%) stops. The data also shows that individuals are much more likely (61%) to smoke if their partner or a close friend smokes, showing the powerful influence that people's social networks have on their own smoking behaviour.

This year, Stoptober will be providing quitters with a personal touch from some of the nation's leading comedians: Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray and Shappi Khorsandi. Messages of support and encouragement will be sent straight to quitters' phones and emails throughout October.

 

Over a quarter of a million people across the country signed up to Stoptober last year with more than half making it to 28 days. This year, it is expected the campaign will welcome the millionth sign up. By stopping smoking for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to stop for good.

 

For more information about Stoptober visit - https://stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/ 

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