Stoptober quitters encouraged to “Keep going!”
Wednesday 26th October 2016
Healthier Futures encourages Stoptober quitters to keep going and stay smokefree for good
Thousands of people in the UK chose to turn their back on cigarettes this month in the mass 28-day stop smoking challenge, Stoptober.
Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days can extend your life by up to one week if you remain smokefree.
The new ex-smokers are celebrating their first steps towards a healthier, smokefree life and are being encouraged by experts to keep going.
The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day. which equates to 364 cigarettes every four weeks. Stoptober would have saved them £141 each over four week and if they remain smokefree, they could save £1,696 in a year.
Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Healthier Futures, a social enterprise that helps people to live longer, healthier, happier lives said: “Well done to everyone who has successfully stopped smoking this Stoptober. As well as saving money, everyone that managed to stay smokefree will already be experiencing significant physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy. Longer term, these quitters will reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke.
“Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health today. You’ve successfully managed to stay smokefree for 28 days, keep going for a healthier and wealthier future for you and your family.”
It is not too late to start your own 28-day challenge – contact your local stop smoking service for free support and advice today. You can find your local service by visiting www.nhs.uk/smokefree.