Now in its sixth year, Stoptober is Public Health England's annual quit smoking challenge which is based on research that if people stop smoking for 28 days they are five times more likely to stop for good. More than one million people have used Stoptober to help them quit.
Stopping smoking has a range of benefits for people and their families. It can help people to feel healthier, it can benefit their families by protecting them from second-hand smoke, and it can benefit their finances too. Statistics show that there has been a 3.6% reduction in the average prevalence of adult smokers in the East of England between 2007 and 2016.
Dr Gary Howsam, local GP and Chair and Chief Clinical Officer of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "It can be really hard to stop smoking but you can break the habit. You can contact your GP surgery for support to stop smoking and Stoptober has a great range of resources which can be very helpful. It doesn't matter how long you've been smoking, you can still enjoy the benefits of quitting."
Anyone wanting to quit smoking can access a range of support from the Stoptober website.