Public Health England Launch Annual Stoptober Campaign With New Creative Focusing On Lung Health

Stoptober campaign launched in partnership with leading respiratory and cancer charities in the UK. ● PHE launches Better Health – Stoptober campaign to encourage the nation’s 6.1 million smokers to put their lungs first and make a quit attempt this October ● The multi-media campaign will be supported through PR, social, radio, out of home and video on demand activity, which includes the release of a new creative which illustrates in a novel way the detrimental impact that smoking cigarettes has on our lungs ● Campaign is a cross-agency collaboration between freuds, M&C Saatchi, Wavemaker, OmniGOV, 23Red and Parkhouse agency. 

This year the campaign, which sits under PHE’s new Better Healthbrand, is focusing on the improvement of lung health through quittingsmoking. Developed by M&C Saatchi, the new campaign employs a strikingmetaphor that references how smoking damages lungs and reminds smokersthat there is no better time to quit.

The campaign, costing approximately £1million, will run across OOH, online, social media, radio, PR and partnerships kicking off from the 21st September and running until the end of October. The activity will target smokers aged 35 to 60, but this year also has a new focus on younger smokers (aged 18-34), as younger audiences are seeing an increase in smoking during the pandemic. This is in spite of data from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) that calculated over a million people in the UK stopped smoking during the coronavirus lockdown.

The campaign is launched in partnership with leading UK health organisations including ASH, BLF, BHF and Cancer Research UK, who are joining in the call to get the nation’s remaining smokers in England to give quitting a go this Stoptober. The campaign has also partnered with Amazon, Superdrug and Boots.Stoptober is the annual campaign under PHE’s new umbrella brand, ‘Better Health Let’s Do This’ (which has the overarching ambition of inspiring millions to improve their health) encouraging smokers across the country to join in and give quitting a go for the month of October. Stoptober provides the information and support people need to quit smoking for 28 days, based on research that if a smoker can make it to 28 days smokefree, they are five times more likely to quit for good

The campaign is running across OOH, online, social media, radio, PRand partnerships.

Commenting on the new campaign, Alexia Clifford, Deputy Head of Marketing, Public Health Englandsaid: “Stoptober, now in its ninth year, has become a national calendar moment and encouraged over 2 million quit attempts. There’s never been a better time to stop smoking with the wide range of support available to people. Lung health is more important than ever, and I hope that this year’s campaign will continue to encourage many more smokers to quit.”

Ben Golik, Chief Creative Officer, M&C Saatchi said: “Many creativeapproaches have been tried and tested over the years to reach andmotivate smokers. Simplicity always wins out. This campaign usesstriking visuals to show both the damage of smoking, and the benefitsof quitting – the two most powerful levers we can pull. Harm and hopeblend into a single visual story focused on the lungs. And in a yearwe have never been more aware of the dangers to our lungs, it’s apowerful and pertinent metaphor.”

Source: M&C Saatchi

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