Stoptober – quitting the smoking habit

Cornwall has 70,000 smokers (15% of the population) who have been urged to quit the habit this month.

Leaving aside health issues for a minute, the economic impact is worrying, to the tune of an estimated £122.3m cost to Cornwall each year, broken down as follows:

  • £17m – estimated social care related costs, both public and private
  • £30.8m – the total annual cost of smoking to the NHS across Cornwall
  • £70.5m  – potential wealth lost to Cornwall’s economy in lost productivity
  • £3m  – smoking-related house fires in Cornwall

*Figures sourced from ASH’s Local Costs of Tobacco Ready Reckoner resource

Additionally, smokers are getting a deservedly bad rap for littering Cornwall with cigarette butts  – an issue which is being tackled by the Council’s Litterless-Cornwall Campaign.

A key priority for Cornwall Council is to support residents to lead healthy lives.

“One of the Council’s key priorities is to support residents’ to lead healthy lives. The Stoptober campaign is based on research that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stop for good. Last year in Cornwall 679 people set a quit date during Stoptober, and 335 quit successfully.”  If you haven’t started yet, you’re a bit late for Stoptober, but quitting smoking can happen at any time of year, so why not dare to be different, and do it from October into November?

Cornwall Council’s Stop Smoking team, part of the Healthy Cornwall Service can help provide advice on ways to quit smoking or provide information on vaping.

Support from an advisor is four times more successful than going it alone.

Among occupations in Cornwall, 28% (one in three) of routine and manual workers smoke – the highest rate among workers locally. This equates to approximately 44,000 people. O

This year, workers in Royal Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust and employees working for the Council’s CORServ and CORMAC departments will be offered four weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapy free of charge from Cornwall Council’s Public Health Team.

Brian O’Neill, Cornwall Council Public Health Consultant says: “Quitting smoking is easier with support from advisors. Nicotine Replacement Therapy can help you to quit smoking successfully. The online Personal Quit Plan app developed by Public Health England can help smokers find a personal plan to help them to stop smoking successfully.”

Top five tips to stop smoking:

  1. Set yourself a quit date in the near future
  2. Plan and prepare – make sure you’ve bought vape products or nicotine replacement therapy
  3. Get support – speak to  Stop Smoking Advisors. Also, let friends and family know so they can be supportive
  4. Plan distractions to avoid trigger times. For example, after dinner, plan to do something else straight away.
  5. If you’ve had a blip, that’s okay. Get back on plan as soon as possible and keep going.

For more information on Stop Smoking support in Cornwall call 01209 615600 or visit

Visit to use the Personal Quit Plan and to find out more about the support available.

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