Stub it out with Stoptober

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people to make the most of the latest stop smoking campaign Stoptober by signing up today.

Hundreds of people across West Lancashire have now signed up to take part in Public Health England’s Stoptober – the mass 28-day stop smoking challenge, which anyone can join during October.

Smoking remains the area’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers in West Lancashire expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related disease.   The current smoking prevalence for West Lancashire is 16.55% compared to 19.86% for Lancashire and the national average of 18.4% (Source: Public Health Outcomes Framework, 2014). This equates to an estimated 15,178 adult smokers in West Lancashire.

Dr Jack Kinsey, a GP on the board of healthcare commissioners NHS West Lancashire CCG, said:

“There are endless statistics and clinical evidence out there to suggest smoking is extremely bad for our long-term health.  Yet we are still surrounded by thousands of people lured into the habit who then struggle to give up. Public health officials, clinicians, the government and other influential partners need to work together need to act now to help combat this increasing issue.”

Dr Kinsey continues:

“We recognise many smokers really do want to give up so Stoptober provides that perfect chance to stop but with additional support.   There are so many health benefits that will come with giving up, not just for you but your family too.  Good luck to everyone signed up and we encourage anyone else thinking about it to just sign up and see how it goes.”

The stop smoking service in West Lancashire offer local drop-in clinics out in the community and are located in The Concourse shopping centre every Tuesday from 13:00, offering advice and support to help people quit the habit. In addition throughout October the team will be in ASDA, Skelmersdale every Wednesday 11:30 – 16:00, welcoming anyone who would like a chat, to collect information or to have a closer look with a lung check or to even monitor their carbon monoxide levels.

Steven Owen of the Stop Smoking service in West Lancashire said:

“West Lancashire’s community based stop smoking service continues to achieve quit rates above 50%. Having us out in the community will hopefully draw in some people who want to quit but have never taken the first step.  Stoptober is a great campaign that not only highlights the dangers of smoking, but also encourages everyone to do something about it”.

It is not too late to sign up!  Stoptober is designed for anyone who smokes and there is support throughout the month. The support includes the 28-day Stoptober App and text support which provide daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people all quitting together.

As of the 1 October a new law has come in to force which bans smoking in vehicles whenever anyone under the age of 18 present. Research indicates 300,000 children in the UK visit a GP each year because of the effects of second-hand smoke, with 9,500 going to hospital.

Anyone looking to quit in West Lancashire can contact the local Stop Smoking service via:

Stoptober runs throughout October. For more information and to sign up visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober or call 0800 022 4332 to be put through to your local stop smoking service.

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