THURSDAY, 1 October marks the launch of this year’s Stoptober campaign – the annual month-long challenge to help smokers kick the habit for good.
It’s proven that if a smoker quits for 28 days, by taking part in the challenge, they are five times more likely to quit for good.
Now in its fourth year, more than 750,000 people have already taken part in Stoptober so far.
This year, the first day of the Stoptober mass quit attempt coincides with the introduction of new legislation making it illegal to smoke in vehicles when someone under 18 is present.
The close proximity of smoking in a car is known to have significantly greater harmful effects of passive smoke to children.
Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse at Thurrock CCG, said: “Smoking and the effects it has on people is a key health priority for Thurrock.
“Stopping smoking can reduce the risk of getting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a long-term condition which includes breathing disorders such as emphysema and bronchitis.
“Smokers are also at risk of dying much younger from diseases such as lung cancer.
“Quitting smoking at any time of life will bring health benefits. But the sooner you stop the better.”
And Cllr Barbara Rice, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for adult care and health, said: “On average, many Thurrock people live shorter lives than others in the country, yet they can do something to help themselves.
“Quitting smoking is a major step towards a more healthy life whatever age you are and I would advise all smokers who would like to give up to follow the Stoptober messages.”
To sign up to the Stoptober challenge, visit the NHS Choices website.