From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in any vehicle with someone under 18 present – and that’s one extra reason to quit smoking for Stoptober.

Thousands of people have already quit thanks to the annual Stoptober campaign – which encourages people to give up cigarettes throughout the month of October. “Research shows that those who break the habit for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free,” says NHS (HMR CCG) Chair Dr Chris Duffy.

This year’s campaign has signed up comedians Al Murray, Shappi Khorsandi, Bill Bailey and Rhod Gilbert to help encourage people to quit. The campaign offers a number of free tools including daily text or email tips, a Stoptober app for mobile phones and a support pack with advice, tips and distractions to help you stop smoking.

A 20-a-day smoker spends around £3,000 a year on cigarettes and, according to figures released by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), about half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction. Every year, more than 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking related causes.

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