Stoptober: The numbers you need to help you stop smoking

More than 190,000 people will quit the habit for a month on Wednesday

Britain’s ten million smokers are being encouraged to bin the cigarettes as part of the annual Stoptober campaign kicking off today, which challenges everyone to quit for one month.

Research shows those who break the habit for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free. More than 190,000 people have signed up to the campaign, which is run by Public Health England (PHE).

The mass quitting challenge saw thousands of people successfully stop smoking in 2013 and the organisers are hoping to reproduce the same result this year.

Anyone who does choose to quit will join the 32 per cent of Brits who are ex-smokers, while figures from Statista suggest the rate of smoking is also gradually declining year-on-year.


Here are some more figures from Action on Smoking and Health highlighting why you should quit smoking:


Is how much the average smoker will save themselves a month by not purchasing cigarettes.


Is how much a 20-a-day smoker will spend annually on tobacco.

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£2 billion

Is what is costs the NHS on average each year to treat smoking related diseases.


Is the number of people who die from smoking related causes in the UK each year.


Is the number of adults and children who die each year globally from secondhand smoke exposure.

£12.3 billion

Is how much the Government earned in revenue from tobacco tax between 2012 and 2013 (including VAT).


Is the number of chemical compounds contained in tobacco smoke.

Anyone who wishes to get involved in Stoptober can sign up to order the free app and pack at

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Stoptober also offers a support service for anyone needing it, including a 28-day smartphone app, text service for motivational ‘pick-me-ups’ and a 'Health and Wealth' wheel to see the difference quitting makes.