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StoptoberSeptember 15 2014

 

Comedians are supporting the launch of this year’s Stoptober stop smoking campaign. Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray and Simon Brodkin have appeared in the TV launch and are touring around the country until 11 October to encourage people to sign up.


The campaign encourages smokers to give up tobacco for 28 days, as evidence shows that if a smoke can go this long without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay permanently smoke free. The 2013 campaign led by Public Health England saw 250,000 people take part and 65% of those who took part successfully quit for 28 days.

Announcing the launch, Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said: “Far from making you more depressed, stressed or anxious, there is evidence to suggest that you are likely to feel more happy and relaxed in the long term by quitting smoking.

“And with this year’s line-up of comedians we are asking anyone who has considered quitting to join the thousands of others and take up the challenge and give Stoptober a go – stop smoking and start smiling.”

Stoptober provides smokers with a range of free support including a new stop smoking pack, a mobile phone app, text messages, quitting advice and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media channels.

Government data says that over 570,000 people have died in England in the last 8 years from a smoking related condition, equivalent to 195 people each day.

The benefits of successful quitting include:

• within 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
• after 1 year the risk of dying from heart disease is halved
• within 2 years the risk of stroke is reduced to half and within 5 years it will be the same as a non-smoker
• within 10 years the risk of developing lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker
• after stopping for 15 years the risk of heart disease is similar to that of someone who has never smoked

Links:

Smokefree Resource Centre - Stoptober publicity materials

Stoptober sign up page

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