Will you help Knowsley take the Stoptober challenge?

Published on: Monday, 08-September-2014

Smokers in Knowsley are being challenged to quit for a month by signing up for Stoptober - the 28-day non-smoking challenge.

Research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stop for good. Stoptober is designed to help smokers achieve this goal.

People joining the campaign will receive a Stoptober support pack, a mobile phone app that monitors their progress and the offer of daily motivational texts.

There is also a Stoptober Facebook page where smokers can exchange ideas and get additional tips and advice.
The campaign is launched today, Monday 8 September, encouraging people to be part of the challenge. Stoptober starts on the 1 October for 28 days.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley, said:

“Giving up smoking is difficult and people are much more likely to stop successfully if they get support than if they try to do it alone.

“There are a series of Stoptober events planned around the borough where health promoters will be on hand answering any questions and providing information about Knowsley’s Quit Buddy services. All of this is on top of the support available through the national campaign.
In Knowsley 23.6% of residents currently smoke and I hope that the campaign will give them them the encouragement and support they need to succeed in their 28 day quit attempt, as 550 people did last year.

“Not only are people five times more likely to give up if they stop smoking for 28 days, they will also begin to experience financial, physical and health benefits including a better sense of taste and smell.”

For more information search for ‘Stoptober’ online. For more on support in Knowsley visit www.readytostopsmoking.co.uk and input your postcode to search for the local support available.

The following events are taking place in Knowsley in support of Stoptober:

  • Thursday 11 September, Huyton Town Centre, 11.30am to 4pm
  • Friday 12 September, Prescot Town Centre, 12.30pm to 3pm
  • Friday 19 September, Kirkby Town Centre, 1.30pm to 4pm
  • Friday 26 September, Whiston Hospital
  • Friday 3 October, Kirkby Town Centre, 12pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 9 October, Huyton Town Centre, 11.30am to 4.30pm
  • Friday 10 October, Prescot Town Centre, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 16 October, Asda Huyton, 10am to 4pm
  • Friday 17 October Older persons Olympics, Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherry field Drive Kirkby, L32 8SA, 8.45am to 2pm

While smoking rates have declined over past decades, smoking is still the biggest cause of premature deaths in the country. One in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking disease.