Kick The Habit – Smokers Urged To Quit This October

Smokers across Manchester are being urged to stop for a month as part of a national health campaign.

Research shows that people who manage to stop smoking for that amount of time are five times more likely to give up permanently.
‘Stoptober’ takes place for 28 days from tomorrow (Tuesday, October 1). It’s part of a countrywide, mass quitting attempt which includes roadshows, a dedicated app and Facebook page along with support texts.
Dr Martin Whiting, GP, and Chief Clinical Officer at North Manchester CCG, says: “I’d love to see my patients try this, because the health and financial benefits are enormous.
“Giving up reduces the risk of serious smoking related disease from middle age and helps all round with general fitness. Plus, if you stop smoking in your home it also protects other family members.
“It is difficult to give up, especially if you’ve been smoking for a long time. But, hopefully that sense of camaraderie – and knowing that others across the country are going through exactly the same feelings at the same time, with buoy people along.”
Last year 160,000 people across the country gave up smoking for a month.
For more information about Stoptober go to:
For more information please contact NHS Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit on 0161 212 4885 or email
Notes to editors
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are NHS organisations led by local GPs and other health care professionals who are responsible for deciding how the local health budget is spent.
There are three CCGs in Manchester: North Manchester CCG, Central Manchester CCG and South Manchester CCG.
All GP practices in the city are members of one of these groups. They are responsible for planning and paying for services within each area. This includes planned hospital care such as operations, rehabilitation services, urgent and emergency care and most community services such as district nursing or physiotherapist, mental health services and learning disability services.