Stubbing out smoking for good will be the mission for many this October as a nationwide campaign gets underway.
West Sussex County Council is encouraging residents to take part in Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, which begins on October 1.
Estimates suggest that 12.8% of adults in West Sussex smoke; the lowest level on record. However manual workers are twice as likely to smoke than the population as a whole and some areas of the county have higher smoking rates (e.g. an estimated 17% of adults in Arun smoke; while in Horsham this is just 9%).
West Sussex Stop smoking services offer tailored advice on how best to quit using a variety of methods, including e-cigarettes. Research has shown that those who get expert support from local stop smoking services are up to four times as likely to quit for good than those who try to quit unaided. In 2016/17 more than 50% of those accessing the successfully quit, the highest quit rate in the last 4 years.
Those who have been successful in kicking the habit are more likely to have used a combination of quit methods.
This year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them – with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.
Stoptober also offers a range of extra free quitting support including a Stoptober app, a Facebook messenger service that sends helpful updates, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.
The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.
“Our message to residents is please don’t delay any longer and take that first step to improving your long-term health for you, and your family.
“One way to kick-start your quit attempt would be to book an appointment with a stop smoking advisor today A full list of venues offering stop smoking support is available on the West Sussex Wellbeing website.
“Become part of the movement and join thousands this Stoptober who are determined to become smoke free.”
If you’re looking for support to stop smoking, contact your local stop smoking service which you can find at www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/smokingservices.
For more information on the Stoptober campaign, to download the app or access the online resources, visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober