2,184 quit smoking for month in Warwickshire

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Thousands of smokers in Warwickshire joined a quarter of a million across the nation in turning their back on cigarettes last month.

Some 2,184 from the county took part in the 28-day Stoptober challenge.

Dr John Linnane, director of public health for Warwickshire County Council, said: “Stopping smoking can lead to huge improvements in short and long term health, so well done to the many Warwickshire people who took part.

“If you didn’t manage to stop smoking for the full month, don’t lose heart and do try again. There are many stop-smoking support services out there to help you give up.”

In addition to the health benefits, smokers can save hundreds of pounds every year by quitting. The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every four weeks. Stoptober would have saved them £141 each over four weeks, and if they remain smoke-free, they could save £423 by Christmas and £1,696 in a year.

And according to the county council, those giving up have saved lots of time, too. With the average cigarette taking approximately four minutes to smoke, this Stoptober could have saved the average smoker over 24 hours by not smoking.

Stoptober has helped thousands of people try to stay free from cigarettes through support packs, a 28-day app, social media activities and tips and advice from a host of celebrity well-wishers.

Stoptober started on October 1 and ran for 28 days. The county council says that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free. More than 160,000 people successfully completed the four-week challenge last year.