Swap fags for gags during Stoptober

Monday, 28th September 2015

TOP British comedians again are urging people in Tamworth to take the ‘Stoptober’ challenge and quit smoking next month.

Some of the UK’s most popular comedians – including Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray and Shappi Khorsandi. – are supporting this year’s Stoptober campaign.

Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, is encouraging smokers to swap their fags for gags to help them quit for good this October.

Around 10% of the adult population in Tamworth smokes, and it is estimated that around 13% of mothers smoke throughout their pregnancy. There are 97 smoking-related deaths in Tamworth each year.

Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay permanently smoke-free. Quitting smoking can be a difficult process but successfully quitting has significant health, monetary and social benefits.

The 2014 campaign saw more than 250,000 people take part across the UK – and 65% of those who took part successfully quit for 28 days. Public Health England (PHE) is hoping even more will get involved this year.

Smokers are also four times more likely to quit successfully by using local stop smoking services. In Tamworth, help is available from the Time to Quit NHS Stop Smoking Service. Call them on 0800 043 4304.

Time to Quit is a free local NHS Stop Smoking Service that is available to anyone living, working or registered with a GP in Staffordshire. It has a team of friendly, specialist advisors who will provide all the expert advice needed to help stop smoking.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Public Health, said: “Improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Tamworth is one of our top priorities and giving up smoking plays a big part in that.

“I am delighted that we are able to play out part in supporting the national Stoptober campaign and hope that a large number of people in Tamworth take up the support it provides to help them give up smoking.

“Evidence shows hat people are four times more likely to quit with support rather than going it alone. Giving up smoking will bring huge health benefits to those who have quit and will also help to improve the health of people around them.”