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#Stoptober – the 28-day quit smoking campaign – is back.

27 Sep #Stoptober – the 28-day quit smoking campaign – is back.

If you quit smoking for 28 days, you’re more likely to quit for good so why not sign up to this year’s Stoptober campaign starting on 01 October.

Although smoking prevalence has reached a record low, England’s seven million smokers are being encouraged to take part in the campaign as those who can quit for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good.

Now entering its fifth year, Stoptober has helped almost 1 million people quit since 2012. Why not join the ranks of quitters? The Stoptober website has a range of free and proven support available to help you start your quitting journey for 28 days and beyond.

There’s all sorts of help available. From the app, email and social media support including Facebook Messenger, to more information about the expert face to face support at Thurrock’s local Stop Smoking Service (Vitality) can offer, as well as the different types of stop smoking aids available to you; including medicines and e-cigarettes – Stoptober is here to help you.

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but you will not be alone. So join in with the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, at quit for good.

Some of the benefits to quitting include:

  • After 20 minutes – Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
  • After 8 hours – Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce 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. There is no nicotine in the body. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved
  • After 72 hours – Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase
  • After 2 to 12 weeks – Your circulation improves
  • After 3 to 9 months – Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%
  • After 1 years – Risk of heart attacks falls to about half that of a smoker
  • After 10 years – Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked