New service launched to help smokers quit
The service is being launched in the run up to the annual Stoptober event when people sign up to the 28-day challenge of an October without cigarettes.
People who live or work in Doncaster can contact the new Yorkshire Smokefree service for free expert advice, face to face, over the telephone or online, and stop smoking products to help them quit.
On Monday 15 September Yorkshire Smokefree will open the new stop smoking shop at 40 Scot Lane in Doncaster town centre. People can pop in to find help to quit smoking for good.
Dr Tony Baxter, Doncaster Council Director of Public Health, said: “We know the idea of giving up smoking can be daunting, but the new Yorkshire Smokefree service can help.
“People can get advice all year round over the phone, online or in person, whatever they feel more comfortable with.
“With Stoptober coming up now is a great time to take the first step to stopping for good. We are encouraging people to join thousands of others across the country and give Stoptober a go - stop smoking and start smiling.
“Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay permanently smoke-free. Quitting smoking can be a difficult process but successfully quitting has significant health, monetary and social benefits.”
Stoptober 2014 enrols the country’s top comedians to help smokers get through the 28 day quitting challenge.
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.
Smoking is no laughing matter and neither is quitting. Two-thirds of smokers say they want to quit but only four in ten told a recent survey that they have tried in the last year. There is no doubt that quitting is tough, but it is known that people who quit do feel better in time.
The 2013 Stoptober campaign saw 250,000 people across the country take part and 65 per cent of those successfully quitting for 28 days.
Across Yorkshire and the Humber 18,900 people signed up to take part in Stoptober 2013. Public Health England is hoping even more will get involved this year by searching ‘Stoptober’ online and signing up.
Call Yorkshire Smokefree on 0800 612 0011(free from landlines), 0330 660 1166 (free from mobiles) or visit www.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk .