Stoptober 2017. Quit smoking in Stoptober. What is Stoptober? Stoptober is a 28-day smoke-free challenge in the United Kingdom.
Stoptober is part of 'Smokefree', which is a UK public health campaign initiated and supported by 'Public Health England', an executive agency of the Department of Health in the UK.
Stoptober was first introduced on 2012 in the United Kingdom (UK) and has taken place every year since for 4 weeks from the 1st October until 28th October.
The Stoptober idea is inspired by research that showed, that if you could stop smoking for 4 weeks, then you have a five times higher chance of not smoking again combined with the belief that if many people quit at the same time and get support from families, employers, communities, charities and other partners, then they will have a better chance of not smoking again.
Smokers in UK 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 you can. 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 want you can choose to use Stepbac® method and still be part of the Stoptober challenge, however please note that we do not support the use of nicotine replacement products. We believe in quitting without any help, except using the Stepbac® method to help you quit 'cold turkey'.
Stepbac® and “Stepbac® from Smoking” does not have any form of association, approval or endorsement by Stoptober, but we support Stoptober fully and encourage smokers to try “Stepbac® from Smoking” adn 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 2017 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. The “Stepbac® from Smoking” book is an easy-reader and has many clear illustrations and diagrams.
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 2017here https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree