What will you start this Stoptober? Support is available locally for quitting smoking

We are coming together with local healthcare partners to once again mark Stoptober, the biggest mass-quit attempt for smokers in the country, as it celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Nationally, Stoptober has helped more than two million people make a quit attempt, with research showing that those who manage to quit for 28 days are five times more likely to stop smoking for good.

This year, the campaign will highlight what is possible when you quit, including moving more, saving money and breathing more easily.

Help is available locally for residents who are looking to quit through NHS Yorkshire Smokefree service, which has over 100 clinics across the region.

They offer a wide range of support to suit your needs, including an online quit tool, telephone support and motivational messages by text or email. You can also connect with others attempting to quit through their online community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

All support is completely free and confidential, with thousands of people already having used the service to successfully make their quitting journey.

Yorkshire Smokefree can also support quitters with free cessation products, such as stop smoking aids, prescription medication and Nicotine Replacement Therapies.

Councillor Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: "Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health and the health of those around you. As part of our Healthy Barnsley ambitions, we're proud to be coming together with partners to support Stoptober again.

"What will you start this Stoptober? There is lots of support available in Barnsley through the great work of NHS Yorkshire Smokefree, and I would encourage any resident taking part in Stoptober to get in touch with them if they need any help."

As part of our support for Breathe 2025, we're committed to seeing the next generation of children growing up in Barnsley in a place free from tobacco and where smoking is unusual.

If you're interested in stopping smoking or have any questions about the NHS Yorkshire Smokefree service, please call 0800 612 0011 or 0330 660 1166 to speak to an advisor.

For more information, visit the Stoptober and Yorkshire Smokefree websites.

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