Stoptober was first introduced on 2012 and has run every year since for 4 weeks from the 1st October until 28th October.
The Stoptober idea is inspired by research that showed if you could stop smoking for 4 weeks then you have a five times higher chance of not smoking again and the belief that if many people quit at the same time with support from families, employers, communities, charities and other partners, then they will have a better chance of not smoking again.
Smokers can sign up free to participate in the Stoptober challenge and for 28 days they get free support via email, apps and social media with information, advice and daily tips to help them through the 28 day quit smoking challenge. Stoptober support tools include things like a Stoptober 28 day calendar to track progress, a “health and wealth” wheel to track savings from not smoking, a smartphone app with 28 daily updates and quitting advice via text and email messages for motivational pick-me-ups. An important Stoptober factor is that smokers in the Stoptober social media community can give and get support from thousands of other people in the Stoptober challenge.
Can I use Stepbac® for Stoptober?
Yes. Stoptober is all about support and encouragement. Stoptober does not recommend or endorse any one specific way to quit smoking, so smokers who join the challenge can decide themselves how to quit smoking. So if you choose you can use Stepbac® method and still be part of the Stoptober challenge
Stepbac® and “Stepbac® from Smoking” does not have any form of association, approval or endorsement by Stoptober, but we support Stoptober fully and we have lowered the price of our book “Stepbac® from Smoking” to support people who would like to use the Stepbac® method during Stoptober.
So if you want to try quitting using our Stepbac® method in October 2016 just buy the “Stepbac® from Smoking” on Amazon and read it. It will only take a few hours to read and then you will know how to stop using our Stepbac® method and still enjoy the support of the Stoptober community and tools.
In the UK around 150,000 smokers join the Stoptober challenge every year and a million people has signed up since the Stoptober was first launched in 2012, which is fantastic result. The UK has around 8.5 million adult cigarette smokers corresponding to about 14% of the UK adult population.
The name Stoptober has caught on in other parts of the world where the month of October is being used to highlight ways to quit and to encourage smokers to stop. In a few years time we think it would be wonderful if Stoptober became a global phenomena with many global activities, events and the support of many communities and quit smoking methods like Stepbac® to give smokers a big helping hand into a smoke free life.
Read more about Stoptober here https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree