Up to seven days of life can be gained for every 28 without smoking, Public Health England (PHE) has revealed.
Before the start of PHE’s Stoptober campaign, a mass 28-day stop smoking challenge, new research shows the extra years of life gained by giving up smoking.
Along with the health benefits, stopping will save the average smoker over £150 per month and almost £2,000 per year.
During last year’s Stoptober campaign £25 million was saved by 160,000 from not buying cigarettes.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: “One in two long-term smokers die as a result of smoking, this is the single biggest cause of premature death taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK and costing the NHS up to £2.7 billion each year.
“Life is precious and Stoptober is all about supporting and encouraging each other to quit – potentially adding years to your life.”
Over 8 million people in England smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking-related disease.
Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are 5 times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal.
Stoptober provides smokers with a range of free support including a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.
Stoptober 2013 starts on Tuesday 1 October and runs for 28 days.