Council supports Stoptober challenge
Wakefield Council is
supporting the national Stoptober campaign to encourage residents to quit
smoking this October.
There has never been a better time to quit smoking. The latest figures show
that quitting success rates are at their highest for at least a decade in the
Yorkshire and Humber region, up to 19.8% for the first six months of this year,
significantly higher than the average for the last 10 years (15.7%).
The report, from University College, London, coincides with the launch of
Stoptober, the quit smoking challenge which has inspired over one and a half
million quit attempts since 2012. The campaign is based on research that if you
stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stop for good.
Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health, said: “Smoking prevalence in the
district has fallen in recent years, but one in five adults are still smokers.
Approximately 32% of deaths in Wakefield are attributed to smoking, so stopping
is the single biggest thing a smoker can do to improve their help. By giving
up, smokers can dramatically reduce their chances of having a heart attack or
“Quitting is not easy, but people are four times more likely to succeed with
the support of a service, such as the Wakefield Stop Smoking Service which has
13 clinics in the district.”
Cllr Pat Garbutt,
Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “We’re supporting the national
Stoptober campaign this year to encourage as many smokers in the district to
quit throughout October and beyond. By signing up to the challenge, smokers
could see real health benefits for them and their families.”
With Stoptober now in its 6th year, the UCL report gives a number of reasons
why there’s never been a better time to quit, including:
• better quitting aid options, and more of them, with e-cigarettes now the most
• more restrictions on smoking
• banning the use of attractive brand imagery on tobacco packaging
• a strong anti-smoking culture in England and
• supportive stop smoking campaigns such as Stoptober.
Last year over half (53%) of all those taking part in Stoptober opted to use an
e-cigarette as a quitting aid. This year the campaign will feature e-cigarettes
in the TV ad and will do more to encourage and support smokers who are keen to
try e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking.
The campaign starts on 1 October. Search ‘Stoptober’ online for all the support
you need to quit.
Or residents can use the Wakefield Stop Smoking Service, which has 13 clinics
across the district and can support those using e-cigarettes as a quitting aid.
Visit their website at http://wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk
or call them on 0800 612 0011.