Keep going! Message to thousands of North West quitters

Published on: Wednesday, 04-November-2015

An estimated 33,129 smokers across the North West stubbed out their cigarettes for Stoptober according to Public Health England and are being encouraged to keep going and stay smokefree to improve their health.

They joined an estimated 215,947 people around the country taking on the 28-day stop smoking challenge. Those who successfully took part in Stoptober are now five times more likely to remain smokefree, contributing to the growing numbers of non-smokers in the North West.

It’s never too late to quit and smokers who didn’t take part in the challenge this year but want to stop are encouraged to visit their local stop smoking service for free support. People who access support from a trained NHS professional will be four times more likely to quit smoking for good compared with trying to stop without support. You can find the details of Knowsley’s stop smoking service at www.readystopsmoking.co.uk or call 0800 3247111.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in Stoptober. If you managed to stay quit for 28 days, congratulations and keep going! And if you didn’t manage the full challenge, don’t worry there is still excellent support available all year round from our Ready to Stop Smoking service – visit www.readystopsmoking.co.uk or call 0800 3247111 to find out more.”

As more people across our region decide to quit smoking the number of adult smokers in the North West has dropped below 20% for the first time in recent history. New data from the Integrated Household Survey 2014 revealed that adult smoking fell to 19.9% and Stoptober will help decrease the number of people smoking further across the North West.

Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Tobacco Free Futures said: “Congratulations to everyone who successfully took part in Stoptober this year. I am delighted to see so many people are taking on the challenge to quit smoking which is reflected in new data showing that less than 20% of adults now smoke in the North West, the lowest we have seen in decades. This is fantastic news which will result in healthier families and communities across our region.

“Everyone who quit smoking this Stoptober will already have saved money and experienced significant health improvements including a better sense of smell, taste and have more energy. Longer term, they will reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting family and friends from secondhand smoke.”