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250,000 people took Stoptober challenge

Nearly a quarter of a million people in England and Wales joined in the Stoptober challenge. 

Stoptober is a mass 28-day stop smoking challenge. Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days can extend your life for up to one week. Based on this, Brits could add 4,700 years to their lives. 

The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every four weeks. Stoptober would have saved smokers £141 each over four weeks, meaning collectively quitters would have saved over £34.5 million. 

Last year saw over 160,000 people successfully complete the 4-week challenge.

A Public Health England statement said: “Stoptober started on 1 October 2013 and ran for 28 days. Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are 5 times more likely to stay smokefree. Last year saw over 160,000 people successfully complete the 4-week challenge.: 

Although Stoptober is over for the year, PHE is urging smokers to start their own 28-day challenge. 

More information is available on the Stoptober website