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Quit smoking during Stoptober

Smokers across South Devon and Torbay are being urged to take part in Stoptober and join 15 million people across the country who have already quit.

Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England that encourages and supports smokers across England towards quitting for good.

The campaign runs from 1 October, urging people to sign up and use the range of free resources and support available.

It may help you to know:

  • Smoking rates in the South West are 15.5% – the lowest on record. The smoking rate across the region has fallen by 3.2% over the past four years from 18.7%, and sales of cigarettes have fallen by 14.15% in the past year. 
  • Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers who made a quit attempt, 500,000 people (20%) were successful – the highest recorded success rate.
  • In 2015, just over a million people (1,027,000) used an e-cigarette in a quit attempt, while about 700,000 used a licensed nicotine replacement product such as patches or gum.
  • In the South West, more than 30,000 people had a successful quit attempt through their local stop smoking service in 2015/16. 
  • If you quit for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good
Information about local stop smoking services is here. The national Stoptober web pages are here​.