Stoptober provides the information and support people need to quit smoking for 28 days, based on research showing that if you can make it to 28 days smoke free, you're five times more likely to quit for good.

We know we’re stronger together. This Stoptober, join us and thousands of people who have quit smoking with Stoptober and start moving and breathing more easily. Not only that, but you’ll have more money to spend.

On average smokers spend £38.59 a week on tobacco. That means they could have around £2,000 more to spend a year by quitting.

Stoptober offers a range of free quitting support including the NHS Quit Smoking app, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and the range of stop smoking aids, including further information on how vaping can help you quit; and an online Personal Quit Plan tool that helps people find a combination of support that’s right for them.

Expert support from local stop smoking services gives people the best chance of success, and GPs and pharmacists can also give advice and tips to help smokers quit.

 

STOPTOBER 2022: KEY FACTS AND STATS

Key Stats for Stoptober 2022

  • Stoptober has generated over 2.5 million quit attempts across England since its launch in 2012
  • If you can make it to 28 days smoke free, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good
  • Today, approximately 1 in 7 adults in England smoke
  • Smoking is the single biggest behavioural cause of preventable illness and death in England
  • 13.8% of men smoke in England, compared to 10.4% of women

Physical benefits to Stopping smoking 

Stopping smoking can significantly improve your health in ways you might not expect

  • After 20 minutes: Pulse rate starts to return to normal
  • After 8 hours: Oxygen levels are recovering and harmful carbon monoxide in the blood is reduced by half
  • After 48 hours: The body has flushed out all carbon monoxide, lungs start to clear out mucus and ability to taste and smell is improved
  • After 72 hours: Bronchial tubes begin to relax, breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase
  • After 2-12 weeks: Blood is pumping to the heart and muscles better because circulation has improved
  • After 3-9 months: Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%
  • After 1 year: 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
  • After 10 years: Risk of death from lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
  • After 15 years: Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked

Mental health benefits to stopping smoking

Stopping smoking boosts mental health and wellbeing:

  • Evidence shows that once people have got past the short-term withdrawal stage of quitting, they have reduced anxiety, depression and stress and increased positive mood compared with people who continue to smoke
  • For symptoms of anxiety and depression, stopping smoking is as effective as taking antidepressants. Just 6 weeks after quitting, people start feeling happier as well as healthier