STOPTOBER 2018

Thursday, 20 September, 2018 Launch date
Starts 1st October for 28 days!


Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England (PHE), is launching on 20th September 2018. The campaign, which encourages smokers to quit from 1st October 2018, is based on research that if a smoker can stop smoking for 28 days, they are five times more likely to be able to quit smoking for good.

Stoptober encourages smokers to find the most suitable support for them rather than trying to go ‘cold turkey’ and there is a range of free support to help people on their quitting journey, including an app, daily emails, Facebook messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook.

Pharmacy teams who wish to participate in the campaign this year will need to order the free toolkit.

The pharmacy toolkit contains:

  • 2 x A4 posters;
  • 50 x A5 leaflets;
  • 1 x A5 leaflet dispenser;
  • 1 x window cling;
  • 2 x shelf wobblers; and
  • 1 x briefing sheet.

The free toolkit can be ordered online from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre or by calling the pharmacy order line on 0300 123 1019 and quoting STOP18-PHA.

Pharmacy teams who are working towards or have already achieved Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Level 1 status could consider participating in the campaign to help demonstrate that they meet several of the required HLP Level 1 quality criteria.

Additional resources

All pharmacy teams who are planning to participate in the campaign are reminded of the Holding an awareness event/campaign on smoking page on the PSNC website and PSNC Briefing 011/17: Healthy Living Pharmacy – Holding a health promotion event/campaign.

Cancer Research UK has also published the latest edition of Cancer Insight aimed at pharmacists and pharmacy staff, which focuses on smoking cessation. Other practical resources are also available from Cancer Research UK on smoking cessation.



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