Council backs stop smoking campaign

The Stoptober campaign receives support from staff and councillors at County Hall in Northumberland.
The Stoptober campaign receives support from staff and councillors at County Hall in Northumberland.

SMOKERS in Northumberland are being invited to join the tens of thousands of people gearing up to give up cigarettes for Stoptober.

The campaign, which starts on October 1, is aiming to become the nation’s biggest quitting drive – with every North East local authority and dozens of regional organisations, including Fresh, doing their bit to highlight the benefits of not smoking.

A person who stops smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay smoke-free afterwards and Stoptober’s aim is to help smokers achieve this goal. Friends, families, employers and work colleagues can also make a real difference.

Kath Bailey, acting director of public health at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are fully supporting the Stoptober campaign again this year as part of our public health responsibilities.

“Look out for the Stoptober displays in 16 sites throughout the council, in Wansbeck General Hospital and in workplaces and pharmacies across the county.

“We have a network of stop smoking advisors in many GP practices and pharmacies as well as specialist support available from the NHS Stop Smoking Service. With so much help available, there couldn’t be a better time to quit.”

Someone who quits smoking for Stoptober and doesn’t smoke again could gain an extra seven days of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life and their skin and teeth will improve.

Along with the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker more than £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year. For more information, call the Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service on 01670 813135.