Stoptober has been hailed as an inspiration to ‘stop the cigs’ by readers of the Mail.
The campaign, launched last year, encourages smokers to kick the habit for the first four weeks of October.
Participants are provided with a quit kit, a 28-day mobile phone app and detailed tips for coping to help them kick the habit.
Mail reader Katie-Jo Thomas said her family had stopped for the birth of her sister’s baby.
Writing on the Mail’s Facebook page, she said: “We stopped the week before October and have used E-cigs. It has been hard but none of us have had one. All thanks to little baby Oscar.”
Another person commented they had kicked the habit at the end of September because of a cold, but made an effort to continue because of the publicity surrounding Stoptober.
Statistics showing how many people have taken part in the initiative this year are not yet available, but Julia Moore, of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, said the 2013 campaign had been more successful than last year’s, when 442 people across the county successfully completed the challenge.
She added: “We are confident it has had more of an impact and we will see an increase in the number of quitters.”
“We want to help as many people as possible in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to quit.”
Stoptober is part of the wider campaign called Time to Quit, which encourages people to give up smoking and provides support through GPs surgeries and online.
Smokers who complete the four-week challenge are five times more likely to quit for good, the programme suggests.
Though staff behind the campaign have backed Stoptober, they encourage people to stop at any time.
Benefits of stopping smoking include better health, better finances, and more ability to taste food and drink.
Figures show that East Staffordshire has 17,832 smokers, and their habit is estimated to cost the taxpayer £29.4 million a year through sick days, NHS care and passive smoking.
Smokers looking for support to quit can get in touch with Time to Quit on 0800 043 4304.