What is Stoptober and why is it popular?

Stoptober is a campaign to encourage people to stop smoking throughout the month of October. Research suggests that those who successfully give up for four weeks are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.

Smoking is the single biggest cause of ill-health and death in our society. Ireland’s 1 million smokers, their families and friends, and our health services all pay a huge price as a result of smoking. Worldwide, it is estimated that 5.5 million people die every year from tobacco related diseases.

Why should I quit?

Everyone has their own reason for wanting to quit, here are some of the most common ones.

  • To improve your health and reduce risk of life threatening diseases.
  • To enjoy a better quality of life, to be fitter and healthier.
  • To be a better role model for your family and friends
  • To have more money in your pocket.
  • To regain control over your life – smoking won’t dictate your daily routine.
  • To improve your image, have better skin, teeth, hair and nicer smelling clothes.
  • To reduce the work you have to do to keep your home and car clean.
  • To improve the quality of the air in your home for your family and friends.
  • To improve your self-esteem and to be better able to deal with the daily stresses of life.