Stub it out in Stoptober!



“Why should I quit?” & “How can I quit
cigarettes?” are the two questions answered by a UK initiative backed
by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation this month.

The initiative, called ‘Stoptober’, calls
on the 8 million English smokers to attempt to quit smoking during October.  By focusing a concerted effort to help
smokers quit, the message is loud and clear .. give up smoking for 28
consecutive days and you are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.

To assist in this mass-quitting
effort, there is lots of free support including a new app to help monitor
progress and keep you on track to achieve your goal during Stoptober.  Information packs are being sent out with a 28
day progress-tracking calendar and a ‘de-stress’ toy to keep idle hands busy
and not reach out for a pack of cigarettes. 
Participants of Stoptober can also sign up for daily motivational texts
that give daily tips and reminders that will help keep you stay smokefree.

Health Education about the effects of nicotine help school children wise-up
early to the harm that cigarettes will do to their bodies if they take up

Graphic discussion topics, such as this 'A Year's Worth of Tar' jar, show the amount of carcinogenic liquid a one-pack-a-day smoker puts into their lungs over the course of a year.  

'Lou-Wheeze' shows exactly what smoking-related lung damage actually looks like.








Both are guaranteed to get your class talking about how to stay healthy.

Did you know:

  • Tobacco use typically begins before the age of 16
  • Despite knowing the dangers, millions of teenagers still take up smoking
  • If your child's friends smoke, then he/she is 13 times more likely to smoke than if they had non-smoking friends.
  • More than 90 per cent of adult smokers started smoking when they were in their teens.
  • Retailers have a legal obligation to check the age of someone buying cigarettes, many do not and some continue to sell cigarettes to children even when they are aware they are under 18.

What are your experiences of teaching about the effects of tobacco?  Is it an easy message to get out there whilst cigarettes are still so easily bought?


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