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Stoptober is back for 2016 and here at The Breeze we've got all the help, advice and contact details you need to get involved and quit smoking for good.
Almost a million people have attempted to quit with Stoptober over the past five years and thousands more have already pledged to join in with Stoptober 2016 across Somerset.
Did you know that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to quit for good?
Why take part?
- If you are a smoker, stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your own health and the health of those around you. You will start to see the benefits very quickly, not only to your health but also to the money in your pocket
- Over 14,800,000 smokers in England have already quit for good; by taking part in Stoptober, you can become one of 15 million ex-smokers
- Nearly a million people have taken part in Stoptober since it began in 2012.
We estimate a 20 pack of cigarettes costs £8.50 and the average smoker has 11 cigarettes a day.
That works out to cost almost £150 a month and over £1,700 a year.
Benefits of stopping smoking
Stopping smoking can significantly improve your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer term:
After 20 minutes - Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.
After 8 hours - Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by half and oxygen levels return to normal.
After 48 hours - Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. There is no nicotine in the body. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved.
After 72 hours - Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
After 2 to 12 weeks - Your circulation improves.
After 3 to 9 months - Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
After 1 years - Risk of heart attacks falls to about half that of a smoker.
After 10 years - Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.
CLICK HERE to visit Smokefreelife Somerset, your local stop smoking service to find out about a range of free and proven support available to help you start your quitting journey for 28 days and beyond.
Or visit the Stoptober website to access the app, email and social media support including Facebook Messenger.
The site also has information on how you can quit with stop smoking aids including medicines - Stoptober is here to help you.
Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but you will not be alone.
Nearly a million people have taken part since Stoptober began five years ago, so join in with the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind.
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