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YORKSHIRE HEALTH NEWS

Wednesday September 25 2019

Stoptober Is Back Are You Ready For The Challenge?


Stoptober is back, and NHS Yorkshire Smokefree is ready to support the regions smokers in their mission to split up with smoking by ending their relationship with tobacco for good.



Stoptober Is Back  Are You Ready For The Challenge?

Nationally, the Stoptober campaign has driven over 1.9 million quit attempts and is the biggest mass-quit attempt in the country. Those who choose to quit with the support of their local stop smoking service are four times more likely to quit successfully. 

Yorkshire Smokefree has over one hundred clinics across the region in Barnsley, Calderdale, Doncaster, Sheffield and Wakefield, with weekly group and one-to-one sessions available along with telephone and online support. Yorkshire Smokefree can also provide free cessation products.

All support is completely free and confidential, and 6 out of 10 people who access the service go on to quit for good, with the Yorkshire and Humber region recording the highest quit rates of any regional stop smoking service in the UK*. Yorkshire Smokefree can support quitters with stop smoking aids, prescription medication and Nicotine Replacement Therapies.

Last year over 800 people signed up to use the Yorkshire Smokefree service during Stoptober alone and ambitions are even higher this year! They have Stoptober themed events running at many clinics, backed by a social media campaign raising awareness of the event and the health benefits of stopping smoking.

Sue Jones, Yorkshire Smokefree Stop Smoking Specialist said:

“My advice to anyone that smokes would be to join the thousands of others kicking the habit this Stoptober.  Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for yours and your family’s health. Yorkshire Smokefree offers FREE help to quit, with 6 out of 10 smokers successfully quitting for 4 weeks. Join the campaign and get the right help today!”

There a lots of ways to quit, and Stoptober can help you to choose what works for you. Yorkshire Smokefree offers a range of free support to help people on their quitting journey, including group and face-to-face appointments, daily emails and text alerts, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Yorkshire Smokefree online community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to quit successfully, so what are you waiting for? Sign up to Stoptober today: https://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/pages/callback-request

Notes: 

Stoptober is a nationwide awareness campaign backed by Public Health England. The website is https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/quit-smoking/stoptober/

*According the NHS England data Yorkshire & the Humber achieved the highest self-reported quit rates (61.2%), whilst the South West reported the lowest quit rates (44.7%) April 2018 – March 2019.

Yorkshire Smokefree provides expert NHS advice and support for anyone who wants to stop smoking. Yorkshire Smokefree is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and covers the areas of Barnsley, Calderdale, Doncaster, Sheffield and Wakefield. Find out more about the Trust at their website: http://www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/



"Yorkshire Smokefree offers FREE help to quit, with 6 out of 10 smokers successfully quitting for 4 weeks. Join the campaign and get the right help today!"
Sue Jones, Stop Smoking Specialist








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