It’s not too late to Stoptober

It’s never too late to benefit from stopping smoking. Quitting not only adds years to your life, but it also greatly improves the chance of a disease-free, mobile, happier old age. If you stop smoking you reduce the risk of getting serious smoking-related diseases such as heart disease, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and peripheral vascular disease.

Stopping smoking brings real lifestyle and health benefits, like improvements in breathing and fitness, improved circulation, improved ability to taste and smell, improved appearance of skin and teeth, and having more money to spend.

Every year around 100,000 people die in the UK from smoking, with many more deaths caused by smoking-related illnesses. But there are more ways than ever to help people quit, including mobile apps, face-to-face support from trained advisors, free quit kits and free email support. Evidence shows that if smokers can quit for 28 days they are five times more likely to stay smoke-free. 

Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and you’ll be saving yourself a huge amount of money too. The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which works out as 364 cigarettes a month. That's £141 a month and £1,696 a year that you could be saving by not smoking.

Smokers can register for the challenge at or call the free Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044.

Anyone registered with a doctor in Derbyshire can also call the Derbyshire County Stop Smoking Service on freephone 0800 085 22 99.

Facts about smoking

More than 570,000 people have died in England in the last eight years from a smoking-related condition – that is 195 people each day. But quitting has significant health benefits straight away:

  • within 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
  • after one year the risk of dying from heart disease is reduced by half
  • within two years the risk of stroke is reduced to half and within five years it will be the same as that of a non-smoker
  • within 10 years your risk of developing lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker
  • after stopping for 15 years your risk of heart disease is similar to that of someone who has never smoked.
Published: 15/10/2014