1,000 stub out smoking habit for Stoptober
MORE than 1,000 people across Swindon joined a quarter of a million people in England and Wales turning their back on cigarettes this month in the mass 28-day stop smoking challenge, Stoptober.
Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days can extend your life by up to one week if you remain smokefree.
The new ex-smokers across the town are therefore celebrating their first steps towards a healthier, smokefree life.
Fiona Andrews, the director of Smokefree South West, which works to reduce smoking across the region, said: “A person stopping smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay smokefree.
“And Stoptober really helped smokers to find the support from other people and achieve this goal together.
“If you missed out on Stoptober, it is not too late to quit – smokers can find excellent free support and advice from their local stop smoking service.”
The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every four weeks.
Stoptober would have saved them £141 each over four weeks and, if they remain smokefree, they could save £423 by Christmas and £1,696 in a year.
Collectively, if all Stoptober participants in Swindon quit for the 28 days this month they would have saved more than £156,000.
With the average cigarette taking approximately four minutes to smoke, this Stoptober could have saved the average smoker more than 24 hours by not smoking; and cumulatively the nation’s Stoptober participants would have gained more than 680 years in spare time.
Earlier this month, the Great Western Hospital held a Stoptober stand to encourage smokers to stub it out for good.
The hospital is a smoke-free zone but there are two smoking shelters on site and away from other patients.
For more information and to download the Stoptober app visit www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk.
l To find out how Adver reporter Liz Mackley got on with Stoptober, read her last blog in today’s Family supplement
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