Stoptober: it's never too late to stop smoking

Stoptober takes place during October and East Riding of Yorkshire Council is reminding East Riding residents that it’s never too late to try to stop smoking.


The most successful quit attempts are made with a combination of support services and quit aids.

The support and tools available during the 28-day Stoptober campaign are available to people who wish to stop smoking.

The Stoptober campaign encourages smokers to quit with the support most suitable for them, helps smokers to understand the quit aid choices available and provides them with ongoing support through the on-demand tools.

Since launching in 2012, Stoptober has driven over 1.7 million quit attempts and is the biggest mass participation quit attempt in the country.

Laurie Fergusson, public health lead for healthy lifestyles at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Quitting can be difficult and we want people to know that we are here for them with support and encouragement through this tough time.

“There are many support tools available to quitters as well as local stop smoking services in the East Riding. Get in touch today to make a start on changing your life for the better.”

There are many different types of stop smoking support available, so it can be difficult for a smoker to know what will work best for them. Stoptober’s free online Personal Quit Plan helps smokers find the right support that is right for them based on their level of tobacco dependency and what quitting support they have previously used.

What are the benefits of stopping smoking?

Stopping smoking can significantly improve your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer term:

After 20 minutes – blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal

After eight hours – carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduces by half and oxygen levels return to normal

After 48 hours – carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved

After 72 hours – breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.

After two to 12 weeks – your circulation improves

After three to nine months – coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%

After one year – risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker

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.

If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/quit-smoking/stoptober

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