South Yorkshire smokers urged to quit in Stoptober

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Thousands of people across South Yorkshire are expected to quit smoking next month - as part of national ‘mass quit’ campaign, Stoptober 2015.

Now in its fourth year, the campaign - which helped a quarter of a million people kick the habit last October - will offer support and inspiration to those wishing to stay smoke-free for 28 days straight.

Last year saw 1,717 people from Sheffield sign-up and this year organisers are encouraging people to team up with friends, family members and colleagues, after research showed this kind of ‘social quitting’ can dramatically improve someone’s chances of successfully stopping.

Stoptober will also be providing quitters with a personal touch from some of the nation’s leading comedians – Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray and Shappi Khorsandi. Messages of support, encouragement and humour will be sent straight to quitters’ phones and email addresses throughout October.

Corinne Harvey, from Public Health England in Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “Around 20,000 people from the region signed up for Stoptober last year and we want to encourage even more to join in this year.

“Quitting can be hard, but signing up to Stoptober means you can choose the right support for you from the packs, apps, emails and face-to-face support available to help you quit for 28 days and beyond.

“Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to reduce your chances of developing health problems. You will start to feel the benefits straight away and, if you can stop for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to stay quit.”

Visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober for more.