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Smoking in England Hits Record Low: Let’s Make it Lower in Stoptober

Posted 23rd Sep 2016 to Vaping News



Time to quit in Stoptober

Public Health England is encouraging smokers to join a mass countrywide quitting effort in “Stoptober.” The effort is in its fifth year, and is predicated on research which shows that if you can quit smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stop smoking forever.


Stoptober 2015 was an unqualified success, with 2.5 million smokers trying to quit, and 500,000 of them being successful. Stoptober 2016 offers a number of supports, and encourages smokers to try e-cigarettes (we call it vaping) to help quit, as well as local stop smoking services.


Some highlights around 2015 numbers:


  • Just over 1 million people used ecigs in a quit attempt in 2015

  • Stoptober 2015 had a 20% quit rate, the highest ever

In addition to Stoptober, smokers have been buying less cigarettes in the past two years. Recent data from Neilsen has shown that English and Welsh cigarette sales have plummeted by 20% over the past two years. England’s smoking rate has dropped correspondingly - down to 17% in the past two years, the lowest rate ever.


Dr. Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for PHE, had this to say about Stoptober and ecigarettes:


“While we know that quitting smoking is not easy, this Stoptober is a perfect time to try again. The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to stop smoking. There is more help and support available now than ever before. The introduction of standardised packs removes the glamorous branding and brings health warnings to the fore and e-cigarettes, which many smokers find helpful for quitting, are now regulated to assure their safety and quality.”


Stoptober is Swaptober at Vapemate


If you’d like to try a quit attempt in October along with the rest of the country, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be running promotions, sweepstakes and other incentives during what we call “Swaptober” to encourage you to quit. Whether you are a smoker looking to quit or a vaper that has been dual-using cigarettes and vaping, we’ll have resources for you to supplement the excellent resources available for Stoptober. Keep watching our social media channels for more information shortly before Swaptober begins.


Read more about Public Health England’s Stoptober campaign.


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