Stopping Smoking Never Killed Anyone

On the 1st of October, a new campaign called ‘Stoptober’ was launched by the UK’s Department of Health. It invited smokers across the nation to unite together in an attempt to break their love hate relationship with nicotine addiction once and for all.

Although October was the starting point, the idea is that a smoker can begin their 28 day cessation on any day of any month, with the October 1, 2012 just being the launch date.

The Stoptober Campaign 2012

Quit SmokingThe kick-start initiative lasted for the first 28 days of the month. The idea was that the people who managed to see it through would have a better chance of staying-stopped and join the ranks of millions of other ex-smokers in British society. But will it succeed?

Men may have a better Chance of Quitting than Women!

Research analysed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and from the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, showed that men find quitting smoking easier than women, especially around middle age.

With no boundaries on age or gender taking part in Stoptober 2012, it is hoped that all those who participated would stand an equal chance of succeeding. Stay tuned for the results 😉

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How The Campaign Works

As with any addiction, those who have the best chance of recovery are the ones who reach out for the help and support of others. The Stoptober challenge was a united incentive that offered free support and advice. The project organisers informed folks that they are 5 times more likely to stay stopped if they made it through those first 4 weeks without a cigarette.

So big was the Stopover initiative that it was backed by the British NHS, local authorities, dispensing chemist’s, various retailers and large companies. National TV also played a role as did radio, press, and numerous online supporters of the enterprise.

Plenty of Benefits for those Joining the Campaign

Stoptober registrants had/have access to:

  • Free pack containing quitting resources and info
  • A text service, providing daily messages offering encouragement
  • A 28 day app for smartphones with helpful hints and tips
  • A Smoke-free Facebook page where smokers can share with fellow quitters

If you’re on the fence about quitting and perhaps think there is too much hype put on the dangers of smoking, then just remember this; ‘Stopping Smoking NEVER killed anyone’.

The Stoptober Results, 2012

We will publish the results of the campaign once the data has been collected. Please bookmark this page and check back later for updates.

More on Quitting Smoking

Every year, governments and anti-smoking groups around the world come out with new initiatives to help smokers quit, highlighting all things bad, from dangers to health to the unpleasant body odour that smokers carry around with them constantly. And every year these campaigns have some success, thus making them worthwhile.

Today, however, there seems to be more time, effort, and money, put into stopping smoking than there is for preventative campaigns, but why is this?

The Rebellious Youth

Anti-smoking advocates now realise that most kids will do what most kids do, and that is rebel against those things that are expected of them at some point during their growing years. Despite all the warnings about how dangerous smoking is to health and wellbeing, it falls on death ears with many youngsters. If kids want to smoke, the majority of them will give it a go.

A Growing Problem in Girls

In actual fact, smoking amongst young girls in the UK is actually on the rise over the past few years, overtaking the lads for the first time since records began. There will continue to be education on the dangers of smoking, of course, but the biggest focus now seems to be on smoking cessation more so than prevention.

Every single day of every single year people lose their lives prematurely to smoking related diseases. This is just a simple fact. Although most of us know someone, or know of someone, who lived to a ripe old age despite smoking their entire lives, it’s important to point out that such people really are the expectation to the rule.

A Few Smoking Stats

In the UK alone, about 86% of all lung cancer deaths are caused directly by smoking tobacco. But lung cancer is not the only one to worry about. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), affirms that smoking also causes cancers in the upper aero-digestive tract (oral cavity, nasal cavity, nasal sinuses, pharynx, larynx and oesophagus), the pancreas, stomach, liver, bladder, kidney, cervix, bowel, ovary (mucinous) and myeloid leukaemia.

Stoptober Update March, 2012: We were hoping to have some kind of update around the 6 month mark for the Stoptober campaign. Apart from seeing the occasional baseball cap sporting the words “I Quit Smoking in Stoptober, we weren’t able to find any official stats anywhere. If anyone reading this has anything on the success of failure of this initiative, please update us in the comments below or contact the site, and we will post the outcome here.

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Readers Comments

    MrUglyMug says:

    This gist of this entire post could be summarised by its title;

    Stopping Smoking Never Killed Anyone


    tornado says:

    Drank too much. Ate too much. SMOKED too much. And slouched too much. Did all of that and more for over 15 years. So glad those days are behind me. BY far the biggest accomplishment of all the above was the day i quit smoking. Best thing I ever did for myself bar none. Tim.



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