The Quit Squad, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s stop smoking service, is encouraging smokers in Central Lancashire to sign up to Stoptober and take up the 28 day quitting challenge to help them quit for good this October.
Stoptober, the national 28-day stop smoking challenge led by Public Health England is encouraging smokers to swap their fags for gags and stop smoking for good. This year’s campaign enlists the support of top British comedians including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray and Andi Osho who will bring a touch of the British sense of humour to help quitters through this difficult and daunting challenge.
Smoking is no laughing matter and neither is quitting. Two-thirds of smokers say they want to quit but only four in ten told a recent survey that they have tried in the last year. There is no doubt that quitting is tough, but it is known that people who quit do feel better in time.
Julie Trezise, Quit Squad Manager for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“Smoking is one of the biggest causes of preventable death in the country and Stoptober provides a great opportunity for people to get together and take up the challenge. Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay permanently smokefree. People are also four times more likely to give up for good with the help of NHS stop smoking services than by going it alone. By incorporating the support of the Quit Squad and the additional resources you receive when you sign up to Stoptober this really does give people the best possible start to achieving a smokefree future.”
The 2013 campaign saw 250,000 people across the country take part and nearly two thirds of those successfully quit for 28 days. In Lancashire over 4,000 people signed up to take part in Stoptober 2013.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, said:
“We know the idea of giving up smoking can be daunting, but Stoptober has proved itself to be a fantastic platform for people to quit and offers all the support that smokers may need to take the first step to stopping for good. With support from this year’s lineup of comedians we are asking anyone who wants to quit to join the thousands of others and take up the challenge and give Stoptober a go - stop smoking and start smiling.”
Stoptober provides smokers with a range of free tools including a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app, text support with daily updates, quitting advice and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media channels.
The 28-day challenge starts on Tuesday 1 October. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search ‘Stoptober’ online and sign up. You can find out more about the Quit Squad by visiting www.quitsquad.nhs.uk or call Freephone 0800 328 6297 or 01772 644474.