Health group backs non-smoking month

Smoking can kill
Smoking can kill

South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SLCCG) is supporting Stoptober! – England and Wales’ mass 28-day stop smoking challenge following its huge success last year, which saw nationally, 250,000 people successfully complete the challenge.

The campaign, now in its third year, launched as research from Public Health England showed that extra years of life could be gained by giving up smoking and staying smokefree. Someone who quits smoking for Stoptober, and doesn’t smoke again, could gain an extra seven days of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life.

One in two long-term smokers die as a result of smoking – this is the single biggest cause of premature death

Along with the health benefits, stopping will save the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year. During last year’s Stoptober campaign, a staggering £25million was saved from not buying cigarettes.

Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Around 10million people in England smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking-related disease. Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal.”

One in two long-term smokers die as a result of smoking – this is the single biggest cause of premature death, taking more than 80,000 lives in the UK. NHS costs are estimated at £2.7 billion each year, with costs to the wider UK economy of around £2.5bn in sick leave and lost productivity.

Stoptober is all about supporting and encouraging each other to quit – potentially adding years to your life. Taking part in the challenge is a first step to a longer and healthier life so have a go, by stopping with Stoptober.

Stoptober 2015 starts on October 1 and runs for 28 days. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, visit: https://stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/registration