- Quit campaign returns to Knowsley after 2012 success
- 28 day quitters will add one week to their life
During October, smokers in Knowsley are being encouraged to quit together, as Stoptober – the nation’s biggest ever mass participation stop smoking challenge – launches for its second year.
Knowsley Council is supporting the Public Health England campaign in a bid to help local people quit. A team from Roy Castle Fag Ends will be travelling around the borough, offering advice, information and support. They will be in the following locations:-
- Kirkby Town Centre - 10am until 2pm on 17 and 24 September, 1 and 15 October
- Huyton Town Centre – 10am until 2pm on 26 September and 3 October
- Prescot Town Centre - 10am until 2pm on 26 September and 3 October
- Halewood Town Centre – 11am until 1pm on 16 and 23 September and 10am until 1pm on 3, 10, 17 and 24 October.
Stoptober quitters will receive a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.
People who currently smoke are also encouraged to get in touch with their local stop smoking service, as research shows you are four times more likely to quit with this extra support than stopping on your own.
“If you’ve been thinking about quitting, now is the time to do it. It isn’t always an easy journey but with the support of friends, family, Stoptober resources and your local stop smoking service, everyone can help each other to reduce the number of smokers in Knowsley”.
The campaign returns as new research shows that every day a person goes without cigarettes could add as much as six hours to their lives(1). For the 28 day duration of Stoptober this equals a full seven days. Research also suggests that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to kick the habit for good.
Last year over 160,000 people successfully quit. And although most people will start their quit journey on the 1st October, people can quit at any time during the month and still receive specialist support.
The campaign launches as new figures released by local anti-tobacco organisation Tobacco Free Futures, estimates that there are currently 31,225 smokers in Knowsley and every year addiction to tobacco costs the local authority £51million through loss of productivity due to early death and illness, NHS costs, litter and fires(2).
Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Tobacco Free Futures said: “The tobacco industry works hard to keep people smoking. Stoptober is a great chance to break away from this addiction and start to feel the health and financial benefits of becoming smokefree.
“As well as the money saved from stopping smoking – an average of £4,000 a year for two parents who smoke(3) – quitters will start to notice immediate health improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy. Longer term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke”.
Stoptober 2013 starts on Tuesday 1 October and runs for 28 days.
For more information and to sign up visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober
or call 0800 022 4332 to be put through to your local stop smoking