The Stoptober Quit Smoking Challenge
By Dave S. Posted September 21, 2012
For the first time in history, the U.K. government has launched a national campaign that urges smokers to quit for a month. The Department of health announced that from October 1 over 8 million Britain's smokers are invited to stop their smoking habit for 28 days.
The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies of England said it was the first time that the Government with the participation of Department of Health had launched a “mass quit attempt”.
In order it to be successful, the Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation decided to announce and relay the campaign through TV, radio advertisements, magazines, and road shows all over the country.
According to Prof Davies, over 100,000 people die each year due to premature smoking, which makes this one of the biggest threats to the lives of citizens of the UK. The UK government strongly encourages people who want to quit smoking to get involved and take the Stoptober challenge.
Study shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are 5 times more likely to quit smoking. On a personal level, I can definitely agree with this statement. I was a smoker myself and one day I decided I would quit. So on the new years eve of 2009, I set a new year’s resolution that I would stop smoking for one month. Surprisingly, after the 30th day, my body was not even craving cigarettes. Every time I got stressed, I went for a jog. So in essence, jogging became my smoking alternative. What better could I have asked for!
Jean King of Cancer Research UK's director of tobacco control, adds that smoking in one of the main causes of cancer in the country, accounting for one in four cancer deaths and close to a fifth of all cancer cases in the UK. It’s extremely important that we carry on with this plan and encourage as many people as possible to join us on this challenge. Jean King hopes that their team can introduce more of these challenges every year.
Stoptober stands for “Stop October”, probably a symbol for “Stop Smoking on October” and is the first national attempt the UK government is making to help people stop smoking.
The questions is that if the government manages to get thousands of people to stop smoking, then where are they going to find an alternative to make up for the lost tax revenues generated from cigarettes? Some argue that they would have to increase taxes on cigarettes in addition to necessary goods such as gasoline and diesel, thus increasing transportation costs. Will the UK government aim to ban the use of cigarettes across the country? If so, should the government make cigarettes less accessible?
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