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Stoptober aims to reduce smoking rates in the UK

8th October, 2013

There are approximately eight million smokers living in the United Kingdom, a figure which translates into 21% of adults in Britain and 24% of adults in Northern Ireland. Smoking, of course, is a highly addictive activity which impacts quality of life in several critical ways. Smokers suffer from more severe health problems on average than non-smoking Britons and have reduced life expectancies. These are well-known effects of smoking, but what is less well-known is that smoking also has a strong negative effect on a person's financial life. In addition to paying for cigarettes, smokers must contend with life insurance rates that are higher than those charged to their non-smoking peers.

The UK is scheduled to engage in "Stoptober", a national campaign intended to offer smokers the help they need to quit this habit for good. Stoptober will start at the beginning of October and will continue for 28 days.

The effort is being spearheaded by a coalition of interested parties including the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. It is intended to provide at least one more time each year when smokers may begin to think twice about the consequences of their nicotine habit. According to Martin Dockrell, who works with the ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) Foundation, a day in the last quarter of the year is greatly needed, "You get a surge of people quitting on New Year's Day and in March on No Smoking day. But there's nothing for the rest of the year."

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