Knowsley kicks off the Stoptober challenge

Published on: Thursday, 02-October-2014

Smokers in Knowsley have been signing up throughout September to take part in Stoptober - the 28-day non-smoking challenge – which officially started today, Tuesday 1 October.

Residents are being reminded that it is not too late to sign up to the challenge as smokers can sign up at anytime throughout October to access the free resources and support.

Knowsley’s stop smoking service is also available to support quitters throughout the 28-day attempt and throughout the year.
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.

Everyone joining the campaign can choose from a range of tools to suit them, including new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app, text support with daily updates, quitting advice and tips for coping.

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

  • 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

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

“Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers in Knowsley to quit together alongside friends, family and colleagues.

“In Knowsley 23.6% of residents currently smoke and I hope that the campaign will give them the encouragement and support they need to succeed in their 28 day quit attempt, as 550 people did last year.

“Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and there’s lots of help and support though our local stop smoking service and the campaign.”

For more information and to join the challenge search for ‘Stoptober’ online. For more on Knowsley’s stop smoking service visit and input your postcode to search for the local support available.