Last year, nearly 400,000 smokers in England quit successfully, which is the equivalent to 1,069 smokers each day.

Despite new smokers starting and ex-smokers relapsing, smoking prevalence in the South East now stands at 13.7% in comparison to 20% 10 years ago.

Of the 967,011 smokers in the South East, 6 in 10 want to quit but most try to quit using willpower alone – the least effective method.

If you’re struggling to quit smoking, why not join the mass quit attempt, Stoptober, next month?

Angela Baker, deputy director for health & wellbeing at Public Health England South East, said: “Stoptober is a perfect time for smokers to try and give up smoking – however many times they may have tried in the past.

“The annual campaign provides the perfect opportunity for family, friends and colleagues to work together towards quitting smoking for good.

“Now more than ever before there are a host of quit smoking aids and free support services available.

“I would encourage anyone thinking of quitting to visit our website, make a plan and commit to quit with Stoptober. Evidence shows you are more likely to quit with support from a local stop smoking service than if you try to go it alone.”

The most successful quit attempts use a combination of effective stop smoking support methods. The best way to quit is with expert help from local stop smoking services together with stop smoking aids.

In 2017-18, half (51%) of smokers who got this package of support managed to quit, and among those who used an e-cigarette in their quit attempt, the success rate was up to 63%.

There were an estimated 77,900 deaths attributable to smoking in 2016

New to this year, Public Health England’s Stoptober campaign is offering a free online ‘ Personal Quit Plan ‘ to help smokers find the right stop smoking support for them.

The online plan asks a number of questions and provides smokers with a suggested combination of support based on their level of tobacco dependency and what quitting support they have used previously.

Jeremy Kyle, TV presenter, said: “I was a 20 a day smoker for most of my life and am proud to say I quit smoking earlier this year.

“I’ve tried many times in the past to quit but nothing really worked for me. This year, however, the time was right and I wanted to do it for me.

“With the death of my mother, having cancer myself and becoming a granddad this year, I was determined and I’m so happy I’m now smokefree.

“I’m not going to pretend it is easy, but I knew my time smoking was up.”

Search ‘ Stoptober’ to use the Personal Quit Plan and to find out about the range of free and proven support available to help you start your quitting journey on the 1st October.

This content was originally published here.

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