Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester


Stoptober challenge for Manchester

 

The “Stoptober” national roadshow launched in Piccadilly Gardens on 8th September 2014.
Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors from Manchester Stop Smoking Service attended the event to offer support to members of the public wanting to Quit.


Stoptober 2014

 

The “Stoptober” national roadshow launched in Piccadilly Gardens on 8th September 2014.
Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors from Manchester Stop Smoking Service attended the event to offer support to members of the public wanting to Quit.


Stoptober 2013

 

During October, people who smoker in Manchester are being encouraged to quit together, as Stoptober - the nation's biggest ever mass participation stop smoking challenge - launches for its second year.
The Stop Smoking Service is supporting the Public Health England campaign in a bid to support local people to quit through exciting local events and activities including a Stoptober event which was held on September 14th 10am-6pm at the Fort Shopping Centre, Cheetham Hill.

Stoptober quitters will receive a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.
People who currently smoke are also encouraged to get in touch with their local stop smoking service, as research shows you are four times more likely to quit with this extra support than stopping on your own.

David Regan, Director of Public Health said: "We want to help as many people as possible in Manchester to quit. There is a wide range of support available. For example our local stop smoking services are doing a great job, and last year thousands of people successfully quit with their help.
"If you've been thinking about quitting, now is the time to do it. It isn't always an easy journey but with the support of friends, family, Stoptober resources and your local stop smoking service, everyone can help each other to reduce the number of smokers in Manchester".

The campaign returns as new research shows that every day a person goes without cigarettes could add as much as six hours to their lives. For the 28 day duration of Stoptober this equals a full seven days. Research also suggests that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to kick the habit for good.

Last year over 160,000 people successfully quit. And although most people will start their quit journey on the 1st October, people can quit at any time during the month and still receive specialist support.
The campaign launches as new figures released by local anti-tobacco organisation Tobacco Free Futures, estimates that there are currently 107,475 smokers in Manchester and every year addiction to tobacco costs the local authority £177million through loss of productivity due to early death and illness, NHS costs, litter and fires.

Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Tobacco Free Futures said: "The tobacco industry works hard to keep people smoking. Stoptober is a great chance to break away from this addiction and start to feel the health and financial benefits of becoming smokefree.

"As well as the money saved from stopping smoking - an average of £4,000 a year for two parents who smoke(3) - quitters will start to notice immediate health improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy. Longer term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke".