York residents urged to stop smoking and get behind Stoptober

City of York Council is supporting this year’s Stoptober campaign and is urging the people of York to sign up to the 28-day stop smoking challenge.

Last year, nearly 400,000 smokers in England quit successfully,which is the equivalent to 1,069 smokers each day.

Despite new smokers starting and ex-smokers relapsing, there are now 1 million fewer smokers in England since 20142.

Of the 6.1 million smokers in England, six in 10 want to quitbut most try to quit using willpower alone (or ‘cold turkey’) despite this being the least effective method.

The best way to quit is with expert help from local stop smoking services together with stop smoking aids. In 2017-18, half (51%) of smokers who got this package of support managed to quit and among those who used an e-cigarette in their quit attempt, the success rate was up to 63%.4

Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health said: “Our YorWellbeing service is there to support people who want to quit. Campaigns such as Stoptober, along with the support provided by local stop smoking services, play a huge role in helping people to kick the habit.

“Anyone who wants to join in the Stoptober campaign and stop smoking can get support by calling our team on 01904 553377 or visiting the Stoptober website.”

Dr Nigel Wells, a GP and NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s Clinical Chair, said: “Smoking increases your risk of developing many serious health conditions – some of which may be fatal, while others can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health.

“Giving up smoking could help you to live a longer and healthier life so if you’re thinking of stopping smoking, speak to your GP who can provide information and advice, or you can call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 for guidance.

“It’s never too late to give up and initiatives such as Stoptober can act as a huge motivator to help you succeed in quitting permanently.”

To contact the Yorwellbeing stop smoking service call 01904 553377 or visit: www.york.gov.uk/stopsmoking for more information.

For information on Stoptober, or to sign up visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober.

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