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Stoptober is back to help people quit smoking

Stoptober is back to help people quit smoking

There has never been a better time to quit smoking as Wiltshire Council is again supporting Stoptober in 2016.


The campaign, run by Public Health England, starts on 1 October and people will have a range of support available to help smokers to not only quit for 28 days in October, but for good.


Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers who made a quit attempt, 500,000 people (20%) were successful – the highest recorded success rate and up from just 13.6% six years ago.


The smoking population in Wiltshire is 14.3% which equates to roughly 67,000 smokers – below the national average of 16.3%. The number of smokers has reduced over the years and the Wiltshire public health team continues to offer tailored support for those willing to quit smoking. As in previous years, GP, Pharmacies and specialist services are offering friendly and confidential advice and support to encourage smokers to take part in the 2016 Stoptober challenge.


Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, Jerry Wickham said: “Once again we are very pleased to be supporting Stoptober. It’s the perfect time for someone to try and quit as there will be a range of support available, not to mention encouragement and camaraderie from the many other people taking part.


“We know it’s a really difficult habit to quit but it can be done and through this campaign we’ll be able to provide support every step of the way.”


For more information about this year’s campaign and the support available, people should visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree  or follow @nhssmokefree on Twitter. People are asked to join the
conversation online by using #Stoptober2016.


Statistics:

·         More than 7 million adults in England smoke – but over 50 million adults don’t smoke

·         If people can quit for at least 28 days, they are five times more likely to quit for good

·         One year after quitting the risk of heart attacks falls to about half that of a smoker
·
         A 20-a-day smoker can save up to £60 a week, £255 a month and £3,060 year by stopping   smoking

 


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