Health app supports smoking campaign

The ‘Stoptober’ online health app received 205,885 registrations in October, while there were 72,347 text service registrations, as the Government’s stop smoking campaign used modern technologies to encourage people to kick their habit.

Running until the end of the October, the month-long NHS quit drive also used social media to help get the message across.

More than 50,000 fans joined the campaign’s Facebook page and around 150,000 Stoptober tweets were recorded on Twitter. The Smokefree website also received in excess of 1.2 million visits.

Over eight million people still smoke in the England each year and smoking remains the biggest killer in the country with half of long-term smokers dying from related diseases.

In addition, an estimated 300,000 children under 16 try their first cigarette every year.

Overall, “Stoptober” proved to be successful as more than a quarter of a million people pledged to stub out their last cigarette during the anti-smoking campaign, the Government said.