Stoptober – Stop Smoking This October

Combe Coastal Practice can help you Quit Smoking this October. Please get in touch to book a smoke stop appointment with one of our nurses.


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 behavioral 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 – quit smoking for 28 days and you’re five times more likely to quit for good.

When you stop smoking good things start to happen – quitting will allow you to start moving better, breathe more easily and give you more money to spend. 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: the range of stop smoking aids, including further information on how vaping can help you quit, and expert support from local Stop Smoking Services. Just search ‘Stoptober’ for more information or visit the Better Health Quit Smoking Website.

● Stoptober has helped over 2.5 million people across England make quit attempts since its launch in 2012.11
● When you quit smoking, some benefits happen very quickly – after just 48 hours your senses of taste and smell are improving. In addition, smokers found some of the top benefits they saw within 2 weeks of quitting included having more energy (45%), feeling healthier (42%) and breathing better (42%).
● If you can make it to 28 days smoke free, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good.12
● There are currently 5.3 million adult smokers in England (2022).13
● Smoking is the single biggest behavioral cause of preventable illness and death in England.14
● Every year around 64,000 people in England die from smoking. 15 with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses.
● 14.5% of men smoke in England, compared to 10.9% of women.16
● Smoking causes 64,000 preventable deaths a year in England.17
● Between 2019 and 2020, 448,000 hospital admissions were attributable to smoking in England.18

11 DHSC Monitoring Evaluation Data, 2021 12 West & Stapleton, 2008, Clinical and public health significance of treatments to aid smoking cessation, European Respiratory Review, Volume 17, number 210, P201
13 Office for National Statistics, Adult Smoking Habits in the UK: 2022
14 OHID. Health Profile for England. 2021. Health Profile for England 2021 (
15 OHID analysis. 2022. Based on smoking attributable mortality (new method) 2017-2019. Local Tobacco Control Profiles – Data – OHID (
16 2022 ONS data.
17 OHID analysis. 2022. Based on smoking attributable mortality (new method) 2017-2019. Local Tobacco Control Profiles – Data – OHID (
18 OHID. Local Tobacco Control Profiles. Smoking attributable hospital admissions (new method).