Smokers are being encouraged to stub out their cigarettes this Stoptober – and breathe a little easier.

The annual Stoptober campaign is calling on smokers in Wolverhampton to join more than 2.5 million others across England who have made a quit attempt since Stoptober launched a decade ago. Nearly 6 million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the single biggest behavioural cause of preventable death, with 64,000 deaths a year.

This year’s 28 day Stoptober campaign begins on Saturday (1 October, 2022), with research showing that people who can stop smoking for 28 days are 5 times more likely to stay smoke free for good.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you, on both a short term and long term basis.

"This year’s Stoptober campaign is encouraging smokers to join the thousands of others who will be giving quitting a go for the month of October – making it to 28 days smoke free means you’re 5 times as likely to quit for good. 

“Quitting will allow you to start moving better, breathe more easily – and leave you with more money to spend on other things.

“While giving up smoking might be a daunting prospect for some, Stoptober is the perfect time to give it a try – particularly with the support of your friends, family and work colleagues."

Stoptober offers a range of free quitting tools including the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan tool. It provides information and advice on proven quitting methods including expert support and stop smoking aids, like vaping. 

To take part in Stoptober, please sign up at NHS - Better Health. For more help and support to stop smoking, please visit Be Smoke Free.