Thousands of smokers stubbed out their cigarettes during the first national quit smoking month. Stoptober saw about 5100 smokers sign up to quit the habit. More than half were aged between 25 to 44 years and twice as many women committed to ditching the habit as men. The initiative was inspired by the United Kingdom’s Stoptober campaign which has been running for two years and saw 250,000 people quit smoking last year. Smoking is still the biggest cause of premature death in New Zealand – killing 5000 people each year or 13 people a day. Go to stoptobernz.co.nz for more information.