Residents encouraged to stub out cigarettes

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Doncaster smokers are being encouraged to take on the 28 day quitting challenge to mark ‘Stoptober’.

Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England is encouraging smokers across the borough to swap their fags for gags, to help them quit for good this October.

Top British comedians including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray, Simon Brodkin (aka Lee Nelson, Jason Bent and Dr Bob) and Andi Osho will this year bring a touch of the British sense of humour to help quitters through this difficult and daunting challenge.

Dr Cathy Read, from Public Health England’s Yorkshire and the Humber centre, said: “We are the worst region in the country on smoking - nearly 23 per cent of adults in Yorkshire and The Humber smoke, compared to the England average of 19.5 per cent. Stopping smoking really is the best thing you can do to improve your health so take up the Stoptober challenge.’

The 2013 campaign saw 250,000 people across the country take part and 65 per cent of those successfully quitting for 28 days.

Stoptober will launch on Monday with a three-minute TV ‘sketch show’ during the Emmerdale ad break, fronted by the leading comedy line up and surprise guests.

It will then be followed by a three-week recruitment campaign to get as many smokers as possible across Yorkshire and the Humber ready to quit on October 1. The 28-day stop smoking programme will include daily messages of motivation, as well as jokes and tips. To join the biggest stop smoking challenge search ‘Stoptober’ online and sign up.