Hartlepool smokers urged to team up to quit the habit

Councillor Carl Richardson, second left, with Andy Lloyd from Fresh, Scott Chapman and Wendy Martindale from Stockton and Hartlepool NHS Stop Smoking Service.

Councillor Carl Richardson, second left, with Andy Lloyd from Fresh, Scott Chapman and Wendy Martindale from Stockton and Hartlepool NHS Stop Smoking Service.

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Team up to tackle the habit - that’s the top tip from health experts calling on smokers to join in a month-long campaign to quit.

Smokers in Hartlepool are being urged to kick their addiction through Stoptober, as new research finds chances of success soar if they quit with a partner or friend.

One in every two life-long smokers is killed by tobacco and this is a challenge which we must win.

Councillor Carl Richardson

Public Health England and Fresh are urging smokers to sign up to the campaign - the country’s 28 day mass quit attempt – to receive support and encouragement.

Hartlepool residents are encouraged to sign up with someone they know, as evidence reveals ‘social quitting’ can improve people’s chances of stopping.

Councillor Carl Richardson, deputy leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Whilst rates of smoking have continued to decline over the past decades, smoking still kills one in five of all UK adults aged 35 and over – including nearly 160 each year in Hartlepool.

“One in every two life-long smokers is killed by tobacco and this is a challenge which we must win.

“I’m sure we all know someone – a family member, friend or work colleague – who is trying to quit.”

Louise Wallace, Hartlepool’s director of public health, added: “With help from the Stoptober campaign and your local Stop Smoking Service, which now also welcomes smokers who want to use their own e-cigs to help them quit, and the support of your family and friends, you can kick smoking into touch and start looking forward to a healthier, happier future.”

To sign up visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober or call 01642 383 819.