Bradford smokers will be tomorrow (Thursday, 1 October) joining over a quarter of a million smokers across the UK in attempting to remain smoke-free for 28 days to improve their and their family’s health.
22.6% of adults across Bradford still smoke and, according to figures from Public Health England, two thirds of them want to give up.
Those wanting to take part can still sign up and those who stop smoking for 28-days are five times more likely to stay quit.
The start of Stoptober 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. Every time a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals, which put them at risk of serious conditions including meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and pneumonia.
With one less place to smoke, there is one more reason to sign up to Stoptober.
Smoking is the biggest killer across the district causing more than 800 smoking related deaths every year.
Bradford Council’s Public Health department is also offering support for those attempting to give up cigarettes, pipes, cigars or tobacco for the month with its stop smoking service on 01274 437700.
Cllr Ralph Berry, Portfolio holder for Health and Social Care, said:
“We are committed to tackling premature deaths across the district and getting involved in Stoptober is one way you can help reduce the number of people who die of smoking related illnesses.
“Two thirds of smokers want to quit smoking and by taking this opportunity, you are not only improving your health but helping to create a smokefree environment across the district for the next generation.
Joanne Nykol, Tobacco Lead at Bradford Council, said:
“Smoking is a serious risk to you and your family’s health. We know it’s hard to give up but getting support will increase your chance of quitting whether you live in Bradford, Keighley or Ilkley.
“You can get involved even if you aren’t a smoker. The support colleagues, family and friends can give a smoker can be vital in ensuring they quit for good. ”
Smokers can still sign up by searching for ‘Stoptober’ online. They can get additional help from Bradford Council’s stop smoking service on 01274 437700.”