Nearly 600 people from across Isle of Wight joined a quarter of a million people across the nation in turning their back on cigarettes during last month’s 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 smoke free.
The new ex-smokers across the Isle of Wight are therefore celebrating their first steps towards a healthier, smoke free life, and if they succeed in quitting for good, they could collectively add as much as 12 years of life to the population.
Simon Bryant, acting director for public health at the Isle of Wight Council, said:
“It is really good news that so many Island residents have been inspired to take on the Stoptober challenge. It is never too late to stop smoking and the Island stop smoking service will offer support to quit throughout the year. This help is available through your GP or Chamber Health on 554545. Good luck to everyone on your journey to being smoke free.”
By taking part in Stoptober, it is not just the health benefits that have been reaped:
- 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 the Isle of Wight quit for the 28 days this month they would have saved over £84,600.00.
- With the average cigarette taking approximately 4 minutes to smoke, this Stoptober could have saved the average smoker over 24 hours by not smoking; and cumulatively the nation’s Stoptober participants would have gained over 680 years in spare time.
Stoptober started on 1st October 2013 and ran for 28 days. Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke free. Last year saw over 160,000 people successfully complete the four-week challenge.
It is not too late for people to start their own 28-day challenge – for more information and to download the Stoptober app, please visitwww.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk.