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Fastest drop in smoking rate in over a decade as Stoptober launches

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Stoptober is back to help more smokers split up from their relationship with smoking.

This Stoptober, smokers are being encouraged to end a bad relationship and split up with smoking for 28 days from 1 October.

Approximately 17% of people in Tameside smoke and around 2,500 people are admitted to hospital each year due to smoking related conditions, this equates to approximately £13,095,872 each year in hospital costs.

The good news is that the gap between Tameside and the England average is closing 4.4% in 2011 versus 2.6% 2018.  Also, the proportion of people who have never smoked has increased by nearly 13% since 2011, that is 94,500 people who have never smoked in 2018 compared to 70,388, that is 24,112 people more who have never smoked.

Data from the University College London (UCL) Smoking Toolkit Study found in England there has been a 2.2% drop in adult smoking prevalence so far in 2019.

Local people who remain smokers in Tameside and Glossop are being encourage to join in with the nation’s biggest quit attempt and is providing them with the information and support they need to split up with smoking now.

A host of events will take place following Be Well Tameside’s launch of Stoptober on 24 September 2019 to offer local people information and advice on how quit smoking:

  • Tuesday 24 September 2019, 10am-4pm on Ashton Market, Bow Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6BZ (outside area with the fire brigade truck etc.).
  • Thursday 26 September 2019, 3.30pm-7pm at Stalybridge Civic Hall, Trinity Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN for the health and wellbeing fair with a tobacco awareness stall
  • Monday 30 September 2019, 10am-2pm at Tameside General Hospital, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, Fountain Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL5 9RW
  • Wednesday 9 October 2019, 10am-3.30/4pm at Tameside Wellbeing Corner (with HitsRadio attending), Ashton Market, Bow Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6BZ.

If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Whether you’ve tried to quit before, or this is the first time, Stoptober is encouraging you to become part of the movement and join thousands of people who are splitting up with smoking this October. If you make it to 28 days, you’re five times more likely to stay smokefree.

Just search ‘Stoptober’ online to find a range of free quitting support including the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.

Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Population Health, Councillor Eleanor Wills, said: “It is well known that smoking is bad for your health and attempting to stop can help you breathe more easily and cough less.

“There is never going to be a good time to quit smoking.  However, successful quitting attempts start with the decision to try and making a firm decision to stop smoking will give you the determination and motivation you need.”

Be Well Tameside can help you to give up smoking or chewing tobacco by making those small changes that can have big benefits to your health and wellbeing. To make an appointment telephone: 0161 716 2000, email: bewelltameside@nhs.net or visit their website athttps://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/bewelltameside 

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