The percentage of people who smoke in Essex is historically at its lowest at 14 percent, however this still equates to over 160,000 smokers in our county.
This October, Essex County Council’s Public Health Team, is encouraging Essex smokers to give up tobacco as part of the national Stoptober challenge.
This is the sixth year of the challenge which encourages smokers to stop for 28 days, offering support and encouragement every step of the way.
Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “Every ex-smoker I know tells me that they miss it but that they feel much better. We are always keen to promote anything that helps improve individual health including anything that encourages people to stop smoking.”
Quitting can be hard, but Stoptober offers a variety of proven support, including support packs, apps, emails and face-to-face support, meaning you can choose the right support to suit you and to help you quit. If you can stop smoking for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to successfully quit for good. Sign up today and get ready to start your smoke free life.”
So why quit?
Research shows that after 2 to 12 weeks of quitting, your circulation improves. After 3 to 9 months, coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10% and after 10 years the risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.
You can also save a lot of money by quitting. Public Health England estimate that a 20-a-day smoker can save up to £60 a week, £255 a month and £3,060 year by stopping smoking.
Director of Public Health for Essex, Mike Gogarty, said: “We offer an excellent stop smoking service, with 70 percent of people who come to us for support, going on to quit. If you have been thinking about quitting, Stoptober is a great time to start your smoke free life.
“The benefits of quitting speak for themselves and the improvements it can make to your health are invaluable. I would urge anyone that smokes to sign up today by visiting www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober
or contacting our local stop smoking service.”
In 2016-17 ECC supported nearly 5,000 people to quit and approximately 3,500 went on to give up smoking tobacco through our stop smoking service. For information on local support please take a look at https://www.essexlifestyleservice.org.uk/stop-smoking/
or call 0300 303 9988.