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Stoptober is back for its 10th year!

Stoptober is back for 2021! Find out ways to can take part and quit smoking in Greater Manchester.

Stoptober is back to launch its 10th mass quit attempt on 1 October, calling on smokers in England to join the 2.3 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago .

In Greater Manchester, it’s estimated around 350,000 adults still smoke – 16% of the population – and it remains the leading cause of premature death, with more than 5,000 preventable deaths a year.

A new nationwide survey of 2,000 current smokers has found that nearly half (45%) have been smoking more since the first lockdown began. Key reasons reported are due to being bored in the lockdowns (43%) or the COVID-19 pandemic making them more anxious (42%).

More than two-fifths (43%) of smokers surveyed believe that the strength of addiction and/or craving is the biggest obstacle to quitting, followed by the stress of everyday life (42%). More than half of smokers want to quit, and three-quarters (75%) would never have started smoking if they could go back in time. Of those who want to quit, more than half (55%) would like to do so to improve their physical health or to save money (52%).

Data from the monthly UCL Smoking Toolkit Study indicates a large increase in smoking among the under-35s since the pandemic – up from 18% in 2019 to 24% now.

The impact of the pandemic on smoking make this year’s Stoptober more important than ever. Stopping smoking brings multiple benefits to health, some immediate and others that build over time. These include being able to start moving better, being able to breathe more easily and saving money.

Stoptober is based on research that if a smoker can make it to 28 days smokefree, they are 5-times more likely to quit for good. The campaign first launched in 2012 when 1 in 5 adults smoked (19.3%) – this has since fallen to 1 in 7 in England (13.9%).

For help to quit in Greater Manchester

Contact your local stop smoking service, call the NHS Stop Smoking helpline free on 0300 123 1044, or download the Smoke Free app (get six months’ free) and join the thousands of people who are stopping smoking this October.