Stoptober is back – are you ready for the challenge?

Barnsley Council is encouraging smokers to quit this Stoptober. Support is available locally, with the NHS Yorkshire Smokefree service ready to help the region’s smokers in their mission to split up with smoking by ending their relationship with tobacco for good.

Nationally, the Stoptober campaign has driven over 1.9 million quit attempts and is the biggest mass-quit attempt in the country. Those who choose to quit with the support of their local stop smoking service are four times more likely to quit successfully. 

Yorkshire Smokefree has over one hundred clinics across the region in Barnsley, Calderdale, Doncaster, Sheffield and Wakefield, with weekly group and one-to-one sessions available along with telephone and online support. Support is also available through daily emails and text alerts, Facebook messenger and lots of encouragement from the Yorkshire Smokefree online community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Yorkshire Smokefree can also provide free cessation products.

All support is completely free and confidential, and six out of ten people who access the service go on to quit for good, with the Yorkshire and Humber region recording the highest quit rates of any regional stop smoking service in the UK*. Yorkshire Smokefree can support quitters with stop smoking aids, prescription medication and Nicotine Replacement Therapies.

Last year over 800 people signed up to use the Yorkshire Smokefree service during Stoptober alone and ambitions are even higher this year. Stoptober themed events will run at many clinics, backed by a social media campaign.

Sue Jones, Yorkshire Smokefree Stop Smoking Specialist, said: “My advice to anyone that smokes would be to join the thousands of others kicking the habit this Stoptober.  Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for yours and your family’s health. Yorkshire Smokefree offers free help to quit, with six out of ten smokers successfully quitting for four weeks. Join the campaign and get the right help today!”

Councillor Jim Andrews, Barnsley Council Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity to quit smoking for good, with plenty of help and support available. In 2016, 79.4% of Barnsley adults didn’t smoke, and in 2018, that figure increased to 82.6%. That’s a fantastic improvement, but we want this year to be our best year yet.

“If you want to quit, get in touch with Yorkshire Smokefree or visit the Stoptober website for support.”

For more information, visit the Stoptober website here, and the Yorkshire Smokefree website here.

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