Smoking rates across Kent and Medway have fallen by more than 5% since 2012. In Kent just 15.2% of the adult population in Kent now smokes. And in Medway the number of smokers is also less than one-in-five at just 19%.

A report from University College of London (UCL) published on 21 September coincides with the launch of Stoptober quit smoking challenge, which has inspired over one and a half million quit attempts since 2012. The campaign is based on research that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stop for good.

Evidence shows that smokers accessing stop smoking services increase their chances of quitting. Between April 2016 and March 2017 around half of all smokers in Kent and Medway who attempted to quit with help from local stop smoking services were successful. And some services meant people were even more likely to quit. In Kent 65% of smokers who attended drop in clinics succeeded in quitting. And in Medway 58% who used telephone support services manged to quit the habit.

Smokers across Kent and Medway are being urged to join the ranks of ex-smokers by taking part in Stoptober – the mass quitting challenge from Public Health England starting on 1st October.

Visit nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober to sign up or find out more on what support is available.

Read the full press release here.