Quitting smoking sweeps the nation as Stoptober returns

Smokers across the nation are being urged to take part in Stoptober and join the nearly 15 million people who have already quit.

Phil Tufnell, Natasha Hamilton and Craig Revel Horwood will be joining thousands of others on the 28-day quitting challenge from Public Health England which starts on October 1st.

Last year saw the highest recorded success rate, up from just 13.6% six years ago, and reflects the high number of people using quitting aids including e-cigarettes and licensed nicotine replacement products such as patches or gum. In addition over 350,000 people used their local stop smoking service in 2015/16.

Cllr Viv Kendrick Cabinet member responsible for Adults, Health and Activity to Improve Health said:

“The number of smokers in England has hit a record low. We want this trend to continue so the next generation in Kirklees can grow up in a smokefree environment, where smoking is seen as unusual.

Quitting isn’t easy, but you’ll find a range of advice and support to help you. Quitting is the best thing you’ll ever do for your health, for your family and it will save you money.”

The biggest decreases in smoking over the last four years can be seen here in Yorkshire & Humber (21.9% to 18.6%), along with the South West (18.7% to 15.5%) and the North East (22% to 18.7%).

Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting. Stoptober provides an opportunity to inspire smokers in Kirklees to quit.” 

Dr Steve Ollerton, Clinical Leader, NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“If you’re keen to become a non-smoker then Stoptober could be the answer because you’re five times more likely to be successful if you can stop for 28 days.” 

Smokefree Yorkshire Kirklees have already helped thousands of people to go smokefree with free advice and support over the phone, face to face and with their unique online quit programme.

Contact Smokefree Yorkshire Kirklees on 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines) or 0330 6601 166 (free from mobiles) or go online at kirklees.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk

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