Stoptober is back, calling on smokers in England to join the 2.5 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it first launched.
Over 5 million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the biggest behavioural cause of preventable illness and death, with 64,000 deaths a year. This year’s Stoptober mass quit attempt is as important as ever, with quitting remaining one of the best things a smoker can do for their health. That’s why this year’s Stoptober campaign is encouraging smokers to join the thousands of others who are committing to quitting for the month of October – and for good.
GPs and other members of the primary healthcare team are in a unique position to provide advice and support to smokers, such as offering advice on smoking cessation or advising on appropriate support programmes and treatments.
If you have patients interested in quitting smoking or who you think may need advice and support, NHS England has a wide range of resources available that you can direct them towards on the Better Health Quit Smoking website.
Alternatively, search ‘Stoptober’ for more information