Launched in 2012, Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England that encourages and supports smokers across England towards quitting for good. Stoptober is based on the insight that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to be able to stay quit for good. The campaign chunks down the quitting process, presents it as a more manageable 28 days and rallies people around a specific date to get started.
Stoptober launches in early September and encourages as many smokers as possible to prepare to quit from 1 October by signing up to the campaign and utilising the range of free resources and support available. Throughout October the campaign looks to continue to recruit smokers to take part, whilst also encouraging and supporting quitters through the 28-day smokefree journey.
The overarching marketing objective is to trigger significant numbers of quit attempts, by increasing motivation to quit and providing products to make this quitting easier
Whats lurking in your cigarette?
There are over 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke; these are just some them:
- Carbon monoxide
Health damages by Cigarette Smoking
- Tooth loss
- Stomach ulcers
- Painful periods
- Early menopause
- Reduced fertility
- Buerger’s disease
- Optic neuropathy (vision loss)
- Crohn’s disease
What is Periodontits?
Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease (it may be referred to as gum disease) of the supporting structures of a tooth. It is irreversible but can be stabilised. Smoking is one of many risk factors for this. An initial stage is Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Please speak to a member of our team for concerns and further advice.
Short term health benefits
20 minutes after the last cigarette
- Blood pressure drops to normal.
- Pulse rate drops to normal.
- Hand and foot temperature rises to normal.
8 hours after the last cigarette
- Blood carbon monoxide levels drop to normal.
- Blood oxygen level increases to normal.
1 day after the last cigarette:
- Chances of heart attack and stroke start decreasing.
2 days after the last cigarette:
- Sense of taste and smell begin to heighten.
- Certain nerve endings begin to re-grow.
- Nicotine by-products are removed from the body.
3 days after the last cigarette
- Bronchial tubes start to relax, making breathing easier.
- Lung capacity begins to improve.
2 to 12 weeks after the last cigarette
- Walking and aerobic exercises become easier.
1 month after the last cigarette
- Circulation improves.
- You experience more energy.
1 to 3 months after the last cigarette
- Lung function increases up to 30 percent.
- Bronchial cilia begin to re-grow, there is an increased ability to clean lungs, chances of infection are reduced, and pollutants are cleared.
- Overall body energy increases.
1 to 12 months after the last cigarette
- Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
2 to 4 months after the last cigarette
- The risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease reduces by 5%.
Long term health benefits
1 year after the last cigarette
- The risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease reduces by 50%.
2 years after the last cigarette
- The risk is reduced for recurrence of ulcers.
- The ability for short-term healing is improved.
- The risk of death from heart disease declines 24%.
3 years after the last cigarette
- The risk of heart attack and stroke approaches that of someone who has never smoked.
5 years after the last cigarette
- The risk of developing mouth, esophageal, throat and bladder cancer reduces by 50%.
5 to 15 years after the last cigarette
- The risk of stroke reduces to that of someone who has never smoked.
10 years after the last cigarette
- Pre-cancerous cells are replaced by healthy, normal cells.
- There is a 50% to 70% reduction in the risk of developing lung cancer.
- The risk of pancreatic cancer is reduced.
10 to 14 years after the last cigarette
- The risk of developing Heart Disease drops to that of someone who never smoked.
15 years after your last cigarette
- The risk of developing lung cancer is the same as non-smokers.
- For Congestive Heart Disease, the risk reduces to the same as someone who has never smoked.
- Life expectancy is as long as that of a non-smoker!
Please speak to a member of our team for future advice.