Nobody can dispute quitting smoking cold turkey is the best way to stop, not all of us can do this, electronic cigarettes have a higher success rate than any other product on the market.
Nearly a quarter of a million people in England and Wales signed up to Stoptober in 2013, turning their back on their cigarettes to reap the financial, social and health benefits from taking part in the mass 28-day stop smoking challenge.
Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days makes you 5 times more likely to stay Smokefree for good! Smokers across England and Wales will be taking their first steps towards a healthier, smokefree life, and if they succeed in quitting for good, they could collectively add as much as 4,700 years of life to the population.
However, taking part in Stoptober has delivered even more than the health benefits; there are major savings in time and money:
The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every 4 weeks. Stoptober would have saved them £141 each over 4 weeks, and if they remain Smokefree, they could save £423 by Christmas and £1,696 in a year.
With the average cigarette taking approximately 4 minutes to smoke, this Stoptober could have saved the average smoker over 24 hours by not smoking.