There's still time to sign up for Stoptober, the 28 day stop smoking campaign, with smokers in Wolverhampton encouraged to take the pledge and stub out their cigarettes for the very last time.

The 28 day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England begins on Monday (1 October) and is based on research that shows that people who can stop smoking for 28 days are 5 times more likely to stay smokefree for good.

Quitting smoking is easier with the right support. The most successful attempts are made with a combination of quit methods, so this year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them.

Options include nicotine replacement therapies such as mouth sprays, inhalators and minitabs as well as the usual patches, gum and lozenges. Pharmacists can advise on these products. E-cigarettes are also an option.

People can also get advice and support via the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and Stoptober online communities, or online self help tools available through the national One You and Smokefree campaigns.

Latest figures show the percentage of adults who smoke in Wolverhampton dropped from 16.5% in 2015 to 14.4% in 2017, and that smoking rates in Wolverhampton are now lower than the national average.

Despite this, smoking remains the largest preventable cause of death in Wolverhampton and is responsible for nearly 1,800 hospital admissions a year.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.

"It is the biggest cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in the country, with one in every 2 long term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking related disease unless they quit.

"Quitting can significantly improve people's health and well being, on both a short term and long term basis. For instance, 20 minutes after stopping smoking your blood pressure and pulse rate returns to normal, while 48 hours after stopping smoking, carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body. After 72 hours, breathing becomes easier; and from 2 weeks onwards, your circulation improves.

"Five years after quitting, your risk of heart attack falls by half compared with someone who is still smoking, while after 10 years it is the same as if you had never smoked. Also 10 years after quitting, your risk of lung cancer is about half that of a person who still smokes.

"While quitting is never easy, Stoptober is the perfect time to give it a try, particularly with the support of friends, family and work colleagues.

"Everyone's quitting journey is different, and Stoptober can help you choose which one will work for you - and just remember that, if you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you're five times more likely to quit for good."

To take part in Stoptober, please sign up at Type=links;Linkid=7034;Title=One You;Target=_blank;. For more help and support to stop smoking, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=4639;Title=Be Smokefree; or the Be Smokefree pages on the Type=links;Linkid=11054;Title=Wolverhampton Information Network;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Wednesday 26 September, 2018