Stoptober | Health Improvement Team



Smokers across Halton and Surrey have been taking part in the first ever 28-day mass quit challenge called Stoptober.

Running throughout October, the Stoptober campaign offered smokers a range of support in order to kick their smoking habit for good.

Julie Tipton looks after our SUPPORT Stop Smoking Service. She said:

“We wanted to help as many people as possible in Halton and Surrey to become smokefree.

“It’s great news that so many of you have decided to try and quit as we know how hard it can be. There is a wide range of support available for smokers wanting to quit for good and with the extra support Stoptober gave it proved to be a great opportunity for smokers to notice the benefits and hopefully become ex-smokers for good.”

Linking up with local radio station Juice FM, the Health Improvement Team found a current smoker to take part in our very own Stoptober challenge.

If you’ve taken part in Stoptober, we have something to tell you: STOPTOBER CONGRATULATIONS

Meet our Juice FM Stoptober quitter!

Samantha is 26 and lives in Surrey. She is the Health Improvement Team’s Juice FM Stoptober quitter!

Samantha works at Whiston Hospital and she likes spending time with her girlfriends, going out and travelling.

She wants to quit smoking for her health and the money it will save her each month.

We’ve been giving Samantha all the help she needs through our SUPPORT Stop Smoking Service as she kicks the habit for good!

To read Samantha’s 28 day blog click on the link below:

Stoptober: Samantha’s Blog

Or if you would like to listen back to her on-air journey, please click on the following links:

Week one audio: STOPTOBER Juice FM 1

Week two audio: STOPTOBER Juice FM 2

Week three audio: STOPTOBER Juice FM 3

Week four audio: STOPTOBER Juice FM 4

Final on-air catch up: STOPTOBER Juice FM 5 FINAL CATCH UP

If you would like help or advice to quit smoking, don’t do it on your own! Contact our Support Stop Smoking Service by clicking here.

Did you know?

There are many short and long term health benefits of quitting smoking:

  • In just 20 minutes an ex-smokers blood pressure and pulse will return to normal.
  • In just 24 hours carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body and the lungs will start to clear the build up of tar.
  • Within 2-12 weeks circulation improves, making walking and running a lot easier.
  • At 3-9 months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as the lungs have room for oxygen.
  • The risk of heart attack is halved after 1 year of not smoking
  • After 10 years of quitting the risk of lung cancer is halved.


Read the Stoptober press release by clicking here.