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750 stop smoking during Stoptober campaign
MORE than 750 people in York stopped smoking as part of the Stoptober campaign.
Hundreds of people in the city joined a quarter of a million people across the country in the 28-day stop-smoking challenge, organisers have said.
As the average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, those who took part in the challenge will have saved £141 on average, will save £423 if they keep going to Christmas and will save £1,696 in a year, organisers said.
Rhian Davies, policy officer at the council who took on the challenge and has written a weekly column for The Press, said: “I’ve successfully completed the challenge, but I have to say it’s not felt like a challenge for a while now; I just feel like a non-smoker. And more than that, I feel like I’ve not smoked in months, not just weeks. Everything’s just got a lot better week on week; my skin, hair, bank balance, mood.”
Someone who quits for the whole of October and does not start again could gain an extra seven days of life every 28 days for the rest of their life, Public Health England has said.
Those who stop for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good, according to figures.
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, City of York Council’s director of health and wellbeing said: “Congratulations to everyone in York who took on the Stoptober challenge and managed not to smoke. I’m sure you will be breathing easier and your sense of taste and smell will have improved, and you will have saved lots of money.”
However, the number of smokers trying to quit with NHS help has fallen for the first time since 2008, new figures show.
Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services show nearly 724,200 quit dates were set with NHS Stop Smoking Services in 2012-13, an eleven per cent fall on the previous year when 816,400 were set.
The report also shows a seven per cent fall in the number of people that successfully quit from 401,0005 in 2011-12 to 373,900 in 2012-13.
Despite the number of setters and quitters falling, the overall success rate of those trying to quit with the NHS has increased from 49 per cent in 2011-12 to 52 per cent in 2012-13.
For support for people who have quit or want to phone the NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0300 303 1603 for York and North Yorkshire; for East Yorkshire, phone 0800 915 59 59.
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