Stoptober 2022: what is campaign, when does event to quit smoking take place, how to get involved, NHS tools

There are numerous ways to get involved with Stoptober

Stoptober takes place every year, encouraging those who want to quit smoking to do so and providing advice and support along the way.

But when does Stoptober take place and how can you get involved?

Here’s what you need to know.

There are numerous ways to get involved with Stoptober

What is Stoptober?

The NHS explains that whether you want to start breathing easier, get an energy boost or even have a little more money to spend, “there has never been a better time to stop smoking”.

People across the UK come together to quit smoking during the month, as if you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you’re five times more likely to quit for good, according to the NHS.

When does it take place?

Stoptober takes place every year during the month of October. This year it will begin on Saturday 1 October and end on Monday 31 October.

How can I get involved?

There are numerous ways to get involved with Stoptober. The easiest way is to download the free NHS Quit Smoking app, which allows you to:

  • track your progress
  • see how much you’re saving
  • get daily support

You can also answer three easy questions to find the combination of support that’s right for you to get your free personal quit plan.

You can also:

  • Get daily email support - you can sign up for 28 days of stop smoking advice and tips which are delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Find your online community -  meet others going through the same thing in a friendly and supportive environment by joining the Quit Smoking Support Group on Facebook
  • Call the free National Smokefree Helpline on 0300 123 1044 (England only). Talk to a trained adviser for advice and support. Monday to Friday: 9am to 8pm. Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 4pm.