Smokers encouraged to join Stoptober

Stoptober is back, calling on smokers in England to join more than 2.5 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago in 2012. Nearly 6 million adults in England still smoke and it remains the single biggest behavioural cause of preventable death with 64,000 deaths a year.

This year’s Stoptober mass quit attempt is as important as ever, with quitting being one of the best things a smoker can do for their health. That’s why this year’s Stoptober campaign is encouraging smokers to join the thousands of others who are giving quitting a go for the month of October. Making it to 28 days smoke free means you are five times as likely to quit for good.

Stoptober offers a range of free quitting tools including the NHS Quit Smoking app and an online Personal Quit Plan tool. It provides information and advice on proven quitting methods and expert support from local Stop Smoking services.

Just search ‘Stoptober’ or visit for more information or to find your local Stop Smoking service.

There is a free Merton Stop Smoking helpline (020 8973 3545) accessible Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

One You Merton has also got drop-in sessions available in Merton Civic Centre (Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX) from 11am-1pm on October 11.