Stoptober is back for 2020

Stoptober is back for 2020 and Greater Manchester smokers are being encouraged to give quitting a go to put their lungs first, strengthen their immune system and breathe easier ahead of flu season.

The nation’s biggest quit attempt starts on October 1st and is based on evidence that shows after 28 days smokefree, smokers are five times more likely to quit for good. Now in its ninth year, Stoptober has supported almost two million people to stop smoking.

As well as the single best thing for health, research shows that quitting can save a 10-a-day smoker around £165 a month[i], as well as improving mood and relieving stress, anxiety and depression.

If you are a smoker and have diabetes your risk of developing complications is double. Giving up smoking is one of the most positive things you can do to improve your health and reduce the risk of complications.

There are more ways to quit than ever before:

  • Get support from your local stop smoking service where you can see a friendly, trained adviser.
  • Nicotine replacement products and stop smoking medicines are available from shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help you manage withdrawal symptoms. Get some advice to help use it.
  • Switching to an e-cigarette has helped many smokers stop. In the UK, e-cigarettes are tightly regulated for safety and quality and Public Health England research has found them to be 95% less harmful than tobacco.[ii]

Visit to find details of stop smoking services and support across all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester or call the NHS Stop Smoking helpline free on 0300 123 1044.