This autumn we are supporting the first ever mass quit smoking attempt launched by the Department of Health, called Stoptober.
Support with stopping smoking is one of Diabetes UK's 15 healthcare essentials, the crucial healthcare checks that every person with diabetes should receive.
Research shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay smoke- free. Stoptober leads smokers through a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve this goal.
Stoptober 2012 kicks off on Monday 1 October and runs for 28 days. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, seesmokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said, "We have launched Stoptober because smoking is still the biggest cause of premature death in England, taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK every year.
"This is the first time that we have launched a mass quit attempt like Stoptober. I would encourage people who want to quit to get involved. To join,look for Stoptober online, or ask your local pharmacist and get your free support pack and lots of other helpful hints and tips."