Stop Smoking And Gain Extra Years Of Life

Hounslow Council urge people to quit for 'Stoptober'

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Stoptober – England’s mass 28-day 'stop smoking' attempt - is back following its huge success last year which saw 160,000 people complete the challenge.

Latest figures show that 15.3 per cent  of adults in Hounslow still smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.

The campaign - which is supported by Change for Life Hounslow - comes as new research shows the extra years of life that can be gained by giving up smoking and staying smokefree.

Someone who quits smoking for Stoptober, and doesn’t smoke again, could gain an extra seven days of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life. 

A person stopping smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal.

Along with the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year. During last year’s Stoptober campaign, a staggering £25 million was saved by the 160,000 people from not buying cigarettes.

Cllr Ajmer Grewal, cabinet member for public health and leisure at the council, said:

“We are working to reduce the proportion of local people smoking from 15.3 per cent to 12 per cent by 2016, and last year, Hounslow Stop Smoking Service helped 2,000 people to quit smoking.

“They offer a combination of behavioural support and nicotine replacement therapy which is four times more effective than trying to give up on your own.

“I’d urge anyone who is thinking about quitting, but isn’t sure where to start to get in touch with the service to get the help and support they need to live without cigarettes.”

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: “Half of all smokers die as a result of smoking, this is the single biggest cause of premature death taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK and costing the NHS up to £2.7bn each year.

“Life is precious and you can gain up to seven days for every 28 you remain smokefree. Taking part in the challenge is a first step to a longer and healthier life.

“Have a go, by stopping with Stoptober.”

Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s Director of Health and Wellbeing said:

“Campaigns such as Stoptober, along with the support provided by local stop smoking services, play a huge role in helping people to stop. Whilst smoking prevalence across the country as a whole is falling steadily, it remains high in some parts and is still the biggest cause of premature death with more than 80,000 deaths in England every year.

 “We want every smoker to consider making a quit attempt this October and join the thousands of people who are feeling the benefits from stopping smoking last year.”

Stoptober provides smokers with a range of free support including a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.

Stoptober 2013 starts on Tuesday 1st October and runs for 28 days. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search ‘Stoptober’ online.

To get help and support to stop smoking, contact Hounslow Stop Smoking Service on 020 8630 3255. Or visit; or

September 18, 2013