Are you taking the Stoptober challenge?

Published on: Thursday, 10-September-2015

Stoptober – the National 28 day quitting challenge from Pubic Health England – is back in Knowsley and smokers are encouraged to join up and quit together for Stoptober 2015, using a range of free online resources, local stop smoking service support and a touch of Great British humour.

To stand an even better chance of quitting this year, Knowsley residents are encouraged to sign up with their friends, family and colleagues, as evidence reveals that ‘social quitting’ can dramatically improve people’s chances of successfully stopping.

A range of support is available to help you quit in Knowsley including drop-in sessions, one to one appointments, an exclusive Quit Buddy and Quit Online service allowing smokers to quit via text and email and a pharmacy stop smoking service. The stop smoking service has over 50 clinics running each week and will be working alongside the local Working Well Officers to target workforces during the Stoptober campaign.

Research shows that smokers are two thirds (67%) more likely to quit when their spouse stops smoking, and a third more likely to quit when a close friend (36%) or someone they work with (34%) stops[i]. The data also shows that individuals are much more likely (61%) to smoke if their partner or a close friend smokes – showing the powerful influence that people’s social networks have on their own smoking behaviour.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, said “Stoptober is the perfect time to stop smoking as there is lots of support available and lots of other people are quitting at the same time.  I would urge anyone who smokes locally to take part in the challenge this year – it will improve your health and your finances!”

“In addition to the tools offered through the Stoptober campaign, you can access local support, expertise and medication on prescription to help you quit smoking through our Ready to Stop Smoking service – visit www.readystopsmoking.co.uk or call 0800 3247111 to find out more.  Good luck to everyone who is taking part in Stoptober this year.”

Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Tobacco Free Futures which works with Knowsley Council to tackle the harmful effects of tobacco said: “I encourage every smoker in Knowsley to quit this Stoptober and join together with loved ones and friends to motivate each other throughout their 28-day challenge.

“After a successful Stoptober 2014, which saw 32,000 people in the North West, including over 500 Knowsley residents, signed up to quit, it would be great to see even more people pledging to quit and joining together to make a positive change. If you quit smoking for 28 days then you are five times more likely to quit for good, improving your health and putting more money into your pocket.

“There has never been a better time to quit, with more free support than ever this year. This includes a 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.”

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.

To sign up to the nation’s biggest mass quit attempt, search Stoptober online, visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober or contact your local stop smoking service - visit www.readystopsmoking.co.uk or call 0800 3247 111.