Stoptober quit smoking campaign backed by thousands

THOUSANDS of people backed a month-long campaign to quit smoking.

More than 10,000 smokers in the North-East are living healthier lives after signing up to take part in Stoptober, the UK’s first ever 28-day mass quit attempt.

Figures released by the Department of Health to mark the end of the October initiative, showed it helped 10,129 smokers in the region try to quit, along with quarter of a million people nationwide.

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “The North-East has seen the biggest fall in smoking in the last few years and we have had a fantastic response to Stoptober in the region.

“People who quit for 28 days are five times more likely to stop for good and people who quit should be feeling pretty proud right now.

“The message is to just keep going.”

In the region there were 10,129 Stoptober packs requested and 592 engagements with Stoptober representatives at the roadshows.

Across England there was 268,083 registrations, 484,043 support items ordered, and more than 1,200,000 visits to the Smokefree website.

Health Minister Anna Soubry said: “I congratulate everyone in the North-East who gave up for Stoptober, it’s a fantastic achievement.

“For those who didn’t manage to stop for Stoptober, I would urge them to keep at it. People can start their own 28-day quit challenge at any time.”

If you want to quit smoking, contact the Stockton and Hartlepool NHS Stop Smoking Service on (01642) 383819.