Stoptober Quit Smoking Push Is Back for 2021

Stoptober, Public Health England’s annual push to get smokers to quit or switch to vaping, is back for 2021. Organisers are calling on smokers to join the 2.3 million people who have made quit attempts since the campaign’s launch 10 years ago.

Every year Public Health England encourages Britain’s remaining 6 million+ smokers to take part in a mass quit attempt. If they can’t do it by traditional methods, Public Health England recommends that they try to do it by switching to vape products – something that has worked for millions of us.


Moreover, Public Health England has pointed out that vaping is “at least 95% safer than smoking” on multiple occasions.


Public Health England says this year’s event is needed more than ever as COVID has had a devastating impact on the nation’s smoking habits.


A nationwide survey found that 45% have been smoking more since the first lockdown. This is due to 43% of them being bored in the lockdowns and COVID-19 making 42% of smokers feel more anxious.


More than two-fifths of smokers surveyed believe that the strength of addiction and/or craving is the biggest obstacle to quitting. With the advances in modern vaping devices, this is one of the reasons so many people now find success quitting through swapping to e-liquid use.


Scott Crosby, Tobacco Control Programme Manager at Public Health England, said: “Since the pandemic hit we’ve seen an increase in 18 to 34 year olds taking up smoking, which is why Stoptober is as vital as ever. Now in its 10th year it’s supported over 2 million smokers to give quitting a go.


“Quitting smoking will not only immediately improve your physical health but also your bank balance. Research shows that if you can make it to 28 days smoke-free then you are 5-times more likely to quit for good.


“It’s been a tough time over the pandemic for smokers. But the numbers trying to quit is up and the success rate is up. Now is the time to do it! Sign up to Stoptober and make it a success.”


Eluned Hughes, Head of Health Advice at Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation, said: “Quitting smoking is one of the best things anyone can do to improve their overall health. Smoking seriously damages the lungs, putting people at greater risk of developing conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


“It is vital, now more than ever, that people protect their lungs by giving up this deadly habit. No matter how long you have been a smoker, it is never too late to give up, and if you do already have a lung condition, then quitting is one of the best things you can do to help yourself. As Stoptober marks its tenth anniversary, why not take the first step to quitting for good?”

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