Stockport smokers urged to quit this Stoptober

The nation’s biggest quit attempt, Stoptober, starts today 1 October and encourages smokers to quit for 28 days.

Looking after our health has never been more important. Smoking attacks our lungs and makes it harder to breathe. Research shows that after 28 days, you’re five times more likely to quit for good.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection that affects the lungs and airways and can cause life-threatening complications. People who smoke tobacco generally have a higher risk of developing these infections and are more likely to suffer worse symptoms or face severe complications if they end up in hospital. This is because smoking damages your lungs, your heart and weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infections.

Smoking not only increases your risk of developing life-threatening complications from COVID-19, but it also increases your risk of many other potentially fatal and life-limiting health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, lung disease and 16 different cancers.
This year, smokers in Greater Manchester can download a free mobile app and order a free Stoptober quit kit, packed with everything they need to take part. In 2019, our Stop Smoking Service saw a near-doubling of people quitting during the stop smoking challenge.

With the Smoke Free app, you can keep motivated, monitor your health improvements and track how much money you save. Get six months free when you sign up online with a Stockport postcode.

Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and also helps you to save around £165 a month (based on if you smoke 10-a-day). Other benefits include a significant improvement to your mood and helping to relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

Councillor Jude Wells, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member Adult Care and Health said: “It’s well known how many benefits that stopping smoking can create. If this year has been the wake-up call you needed to quit, then why not take part in the 28-day Stoptober challenge?

“You’re far more likely to quit if you have the support you need, so make sure to take advantage of the online support available. And if you’ve already managed to stay smoke free and are reaping the benefits, why not encourage a friend or family member to give Stoptober a go too.”

You can speak to one of our friendly advisors to find out about the support available locally to help you quit. Call the START team on 0161 474 3141, email start@stockport.gov.uk or visit Healthy Stockport.

For further support to quit smoking and to download the free app, search Stoptober.