Hartlepool is facing its facing its highest smoking-attributable hospital admissions for the last eight years.
Recent research has also found that almost 2,300 years of potential life are lost because of smoking-related illnesses in Hartlepool, say health bosses.
Stoptober is back and smokers in Hartlepool are being encouraged to give quitting another go – even if they’ve tried before.
Last year, nearly 400,000 smokers in England quit successfully, which is the equivalent to 1,069 smokers each day – one every 80 seconds.
Despite new smokers starting and ex-smokers relapsing, North East smoking rates have fallen by 44% since 2005 when 29% of North East adults smoked down to 16.2% of people in 2017 – around a quarter of a million fewer people smoking.
Dr Peter Brambleby, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Interim Director for Public Health, said: “We’re delighted to once again be supporting this year’s Stoptober campaign, encouraging smokers in Hartlepool to kick the habit for good.
“Recent research shows that almost 2,300 years of potential life are lost because of smoking-related illnesses in Hartlepool, whilst smoking-attributable hospital admissions are at an eight year high. The earlier a smoker quits, the better it is for their long-term health.
“No two people are the same, and therefore it’s important that smokers make a quit attempt with the support most suited to them. There is a wide range of quit aid choices available to choose from, so sign up today to take the Stoptober challenge and make this attempt your last.”
Six out of 10 smokers want to quit 2 and most try to quit using willpower alone (or ‘cold turkey’). However, the most successful quit attempts use a combination of effective stop smoking support methods.
The best way to quit is with expert help from local stop smoking services together with stop smoking aids. In 2017-18, half (51%) of smokers who got this package of support managed to quit and among those who used an e-cigarette in their quit attempt, the success rate was up to 63%.
New to this year, Public Health England’s Stoptober campaign is offering a free online ‘Personal Quit Plan’ to help smokers find the right stop smoking support for them.
The online plan asks a number of questions and provides smokers with a suggested combination of support based on their level of tobacco dependency and what quitting support they have used previously.
Smokers will be advised that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products are most effective when used in combination – an all-day patch together with a fast-acting option such as an inhalator or lozenges to help them deal with any immediate cravings.
Ailsa Rutter OBE, director of campaign group Fresh, said: “Most smokers would like to be able to quit. You stand a much better chance if you give quitting a serious go at least once a
year until you can stop for good.
“The North East has seen the highest fall in smoking in England, and the best quitting success rates. In 2005, our adult smoking rates were on 29% and we are getting close to halving smoking.
“We’d urge smokers who have struggled to quit before to take heart from the hundreds of thousands of other people who have stopped for good.
“If we are to get smoking down to 10% and under, it will be vital that our GP surgeries and hospitals also play a major part to support smokers to quit with effective treatment.”
Search ‘Stoptober’ to use the Personal Quit Plan and to find out about the range of free and proven support available to help you start your quitting journey on the October 1.
For support and advice on quitting smoking in Hartlepool call the North Tees and Hartlepool Stop Smoking service on 01642 383819 or visit: www.nth.nhs.uk/services/stop-smoking-service.