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Smokers encouraged to sign up for Stoptober campaign
SMOKERS could add months or years to their lives if they quit smoking as part of the Stoptober campaign, organisers have said.
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.
In York, North and East Yorkshire, smokers are being encouraged to sign up for Stoptober and are offered “as little or much support as they want” to stop smoking from October 1.
That includes a stop-smoking pack, 28-day calendar, a text service, smartphone app and weekly stop smoking sessions.
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of health and wellbeing for York, said: “Campaigns such as Stoptober, along with the support provided by local stop smoking services, play a huge role in helping people to stop.
While smoking prevalence across the country as a whole is falling steadily, it remains high in Yorkshire and the Humber and is still the biggest cause of premature death, with more than 80,000 deaths in England every year.
“We want every smoker in York to consider making a quit attempt this October and join the thousands of people who are feeling the benefits from stopping smoking last year.”
The North Yorkshire and York NHS Stop Smoking Service runs stop-smoking sessions throughout the city and is launching a new weekly session at City of York Council’s West Offices, starting on October 1 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
Last year, 160,000 people signed up to Stoptober in England and Wales.
Eight million people in England smoke and half of long-term smokers die prematurely from a smoking-related disease, according to Government figures.
Along with the health benefits, stopping will save the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year.
For more information about Stoptober and the North Yorkshire and York NHS Stop Smoking Service, phone 0300 303 1603. If you live in East Yorkshire, phone the Hull and East Riding Stop Smoking Service on 0800 915 59 59.
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