Stoptober is coming soon!

Are you going to join the 2.3 million people who have made a quit attempt in Stoptober?

This year is the 10th anniversary of Stoptober and thousands of people will be taking part to help them stop smoking. Research shows that if you get to 28 days being smoke free then you are 5 times more likely to stop for good. Taking part in Stoptober is a great way to get additional support as you begin your smoke free journey.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. The good news is that the benefits start almost immediately!  

After 20 minutes your pulse rate has returned to normal.

After 8 hours your oxygen levels are recovering and carbon monoxide levels have halved.

After 48 hours all carbon monoxide has cleared from the body and your sense of smell and taste are improving.

After 72 hours breathing will be easier and you will have more energy.

Between 2 and 12 weeks your circulation improves.

Between 3 - 9 months your lung function is improving.

After 1 year your risk of a heart attack, compared to a smoker, is halved.

After 10 years your risk of developing lung cancer, compared to a smoker, is halved.

Have you thought about the other benefits to stopping smoking?

  • It has been proven that your mood will improve with reduced feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
  • You will have more cash in your pocket. What could you do with that extra money?
  • You will be protecting your family from secondhand smoke, reducing their risk of developing asthma and some cancers.
  • Your skin will be clearer and your mouth healthier.

Getting support with quitting smoking increases your chances of stopping for good. You can get support by:

  • Downloading the NHS Quit Smoking app which helps you track your progress, see how much you are saving and lets you sign up to receive daily motivational emails.
  • Visiting the NHS Better Health website where you can find lots of tips, tools and information on giving up smoking. 
  • Contacting Get Healthy Rotherham to book in an appointment with a stop smoking adviser who can give you advice on Nicotine Replacement Therapy, medication and other support and advice on how to go about quitting smoking. It has been shown that the chances of you succeeding in your quit attempt increase when you get support from a stop smoking service. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

Stoptober launches next week. Why not make this October the year you take up the challenge and improve your health by quitting smoking.