Stoptober helps people quit smoking

Residents in the Wakefield district are being urged to sign up to the Stoptober challenge - ahead of the introduction of a new law on October 1st that will ban smoking in cars so that children don’t breath in second hand smoke.

Wakefield Council is encouraging residents to join Stoptober - a 28 day challenge to help people quit smoking.

Last year as many as 1157 Wakefield district residents signed up for the challenge.

This year, Stoptober will be providing quitters with a personal touch from some of the nation’s leading comedians – Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray and Shappi Khorsandi. Messages of support and encouragement will be sent straight to quitters’ phones and emails throughout October.

Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health said: “Stopping smoking is the single biggest thing a smoker can do to improve their health. Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette they are five times more likely to stay permanently smokefree.

“With the new legislation which bans smoking in cars being introduced shortly, now’s a good time for people to take on the challenge to support their health and the health of their family.”

Residents are being encouraged to sign up with their friends, family and colleagues, as evidence reveals that this type of ‘social quitting’ can dramatically improve people’s chances of successfully stopping.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: “We’re supporting the national Stoptober campaign which encourages smokers to quit for 28 days. It’s a very worthwhile challenge and there’s plenty of support to help people.”

Research shows that smokers are two thirds (67%) more likely to quit when their spouse stops smoking, and a third more likely to quit when a close friend (36%) or someone they work with (34%) stops.

Data also shows that individuals are much more likely (61%) to smoke if their partner or a close friend smokes – showing the powerful influence that people’s social networks have on their own smoking behaviour.

By signing up to Stoptober, participants can choose from a range of free support tools including daily emails and text messages from the comedians throughout the 28 day quit attempt as well as a mobile phone app which includes lots more tips and advice - all of which have shown to increase the chances of staying smokefree.

To sign up to the nation’s biggest mass quit attempt, search Stoptober online or visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober

For help and advice, on how to quit smoking visit http://wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk

Or go to the Wakefield Quit Smoking shop is at 21 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3BJ. For opening times call 0800 612 0011. Advice to stop smoking is also available in pharmacies and GP surgeries.