Kirklees – Smokers are being urged to sign up to Stoptober 2015 with friends, family and colleagues to boost their chances of quitting.
This year’s Stoptober campaign calls on smokers to sign up together as research shows they are 67% more likely to quit if their partner also stops smoking and 36% more likely to quit if a friend stops.
18% of Kirklees residents are smokers so Public Health England is urging local residents and smokers from the area to sign up to Stoptober – the country’s 28 day mass quit attempt from Public Health England – to receive support and encouragement every step of the way from some of the nation’s top comedians.
And to stand an even better chance of quitting, Kirklees residents are 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.
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.
Over a quarter of a million people across the country signed up to Stoptober last year with more than half making it to 28 days; this year, it is expected the campaign will welcome the millionth sign up.
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Prevention and Early Intervention, said “Last year, there was really strong support for Stoptober and we are keen to build on this. Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay permanently smoke-free. Quitting smoking can be difficult but successfully quitting means overall people feel better, smell better and have more money in pocket.”
The 28-day challenge starts on Tuesday October 1. Sign up to Stoptober to receive a variety of free and proven support including packs, apps and emails to help you quit for 28 days and beyond. Face-to-face advice and support can also be obtained from the Kirklees Smokefree Service contact them on 01484 434675 find more information about your local service at www.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk
Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing for Public Health England said: “Stoptober will be providing people with more engaging and personalised support than ever. Along with receiving proven advice and support, participants this year will get encouragement every day from some of the best comedians in the country to help them through 28 days smokefree.
“The benefits of stopping smoking are almost immediate: quitters will soon see reduced blood pressure, easier breathing and better circulation. It is one of the best things a person can do to improve their health and reduce their chances of developing long-term conditions and dying prematurely. Sign up today and get ready to start your quitting journey with our support on 1 October.”
The start of Stoptober this year also coincides with the introduction of new legislation in England and Wales making it illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under the age of 18 present. The law is changing to protect children from the dangers of secondhand smoke and will come into effect on 1st October. With one less place to smoke, there is one more reason to sign up to Stoptober.