Council supports Stoptober challenge
Wakefield Council is supporting the national Stoptober campaign by reminding residents that quitting smoking is easier with the right support – which is available in the district.
Smoking rates in the Wakefield district have fallen in recent years, but almost one in five adults (17.9%) still smoke and around 4,700 hospital admissions each year are attributable to smoking.
Anna Hartley, Director for Public Health at Wakefield Council, said: "Stoptober runs throughout October and there's a lot of help and advice available on how to quit.
"Giving up is not easy, but we do know that people are four times more likely to succeed with the support of a service, such as the Wakefield Stop Smoking Service which has 11 clinics in the district – and is adding extra support sessions during Stoptober.
"Approximately 32% of deaths in Wakefield are attributed to smoking. By giving up, smokers can dramatically reduce their chances of having a heart attack or stroke."
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.
"So I'd encourage people to check out the Wakefield Stop Smoking website, or search for 'Stoptober' to get the help they need."
As well as many health benefits, quitting smoking can help people to save money.
With Stoptober now in its 8th year, there are more quitting aid options available - with e-cigarettes now very popular. E-cigarettes aren't completely risk-free but are at least 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes. But they can be very effective when combined with help from an expert offering face-to-face support, to help people quit smoking.
Residents can use the Wakefield Stop Smoking Service, for more information visit their website at http://wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk or call them on 0800 612 0011.