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Stop smoking challenge this Stoptober

Published 28th September 2017

Smokers in Sandwell are urged to take up the annual Stoptober Challenge to quit and help the borough’s continued downward trend for smoking.

This year West Bromwich Albion is backing Public Health Sandwell’s campaign and is encouraging fans who smoke to stub out their habit.  

Stoptober challenges smokers to stop smoking for 28 days so they know quitting may not be as hard as they think.

The challenge is based on evidence that a smoker, who manages to quit for 28 days, is at least five times more likely to quit for good.

Public Health Sandwell figures show the smoking rate in the borough has fallen to an all-time low of 17.7 per cent.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “If you are a smoker you increase your risk of dying early. Smoking also increases your risk of quite a large number of diseases that cause pain and discomfort including lung disease, heart disease and diseases that lead to limb amputations. 

“This is why Sandwell Council continues to invest in helping smokers to quit.  With the right support, quitting is not as hard as a lot of smokers think and Stoptober provides the opportunity for smokers wanting to quit to try for a short period to see how they feel.

“This year West Bromwich Albion is supporting our campaign and encourage their fans and supporters who smoke to consider taking up the Stoptober Challenge.”

Smokers who want to quit are much more likely to succeed if they receive expert support in their quit attempt. In the last three years, a total of 11,190 smokers in Sandwell were supported by the Sandwell Stop Smoking Service and 5,603 of them successfully quit at the four-week follow up point.

To find out more about stop smoking support in Sandwell  call 0800 011 45 56 or visit the Healthy Sandwell website.