Public Health England (PHE) has encouraged individuals to participate in its smoking cessation campaign Stoptober and receive appropriate support for quitting smoking.
The Stoptober campaign will offer smokers a free online ‘Personal Quit Plan’ to assist them in finding the right smoking cessation support. The plan asks certain questions to smokers and provides them with a suggested combination of support based on how dependent they are on tobacco and whether they have sought any quitting support in the past. The campaign is based on research that individuals who can abstain from smoking for 28 days have a 5 times higher likelihood of completely quitting smoking.
Majority of individuals try quitting through willpower alone, although it is the least effective technique. A combination of effective smoking cessation support methods significantly improves the chances of quitting. The options offered in the Personal Quit Plan include face-to-face support and nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gum or inhalers, and e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes remain the most preferred smoking cessation aid. More than half of current vaper users have completely quit smoking, and an additional 900,000 individuals have quit both smoking and vaping.
Smoking cessation has witnessed substantial success in England, with 400,000 individuals successfully quitting in 2017. England now has 1 million smokers less than it had in 2014.