Smokers in East Sussex urged to kick the habit during Stoptober

Henrietta Strickland
September 22, 2018

Recent research has also found that nearly 2,300 years of potential life are lost because of smoking-related illnesses in Hartlepool, say health bosses.

E-cigarettes remain the nation's favourite stop smoking aid - with an estimated 3.2 million users, most of whom are former smokers.

The figures were revealed as part of Public Health England's Stoptober campaign, which will encourage smokers to give up the habit for good.

Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them - with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.

Dr Peter Brambleby, Hartlepool Borough Council's Interim Director for Public Health, said: "We're delighted to once again be supporting this year's Stoptober campaign, encouraging smokers in Hartlepool to kick the habit for good".

A South Shields grandmother says she has saved thousands of pounds already this year after quitting smoking following four decades of lighting up.

In 2017-18, half (51 per cent) of smokers who got this package of support managed to quit and among those who used an e-cigarette in their quit attempt, the success rate was up to 63 per cent. Join in, find your best way to quit and start your 28-day journey to becoming smokefree.

"Britain is a global leader on tobacco control and our robust policies mean smoking rates have fallen to record lows", Public Health Minister Steve Brine said in a statement announcing the campaign. The earlier a smoker quits, the better it is for their long-term health.

The advice for committed smokers who can not quit is to switch completely to e-cigarettes will significantly benefit their health. "Funding must be found if the government is to achieve the vision of a smoke-free society by 2030", Deborah Arnott, chief executive of smoking charity Action on Smoking and Health, told CNN.

The Personal Quit Plan is a quick and useful free tool for smokers looking to quit. I've tried many times in the past to quit but nothing really worked for me.

We're heading in the right direction to a smoke free Cumbria and campaigns like Stoptober offer a great opportunity to promote different ways to quit and our pharmacies can help too.

"Before I stopped smoking I was getting very short of breath; now I can walk up three flights of stairs at work fairly easily".

"I'm planning to treat myself next year and go on holiday to somewhere hot and exotic".

The thing that is really helping me stay smokefree is vaping. If I can quit, I honestly believe anyone can quit if you just have the right support, and that's what Stoptober is there to give you and I want people to know that and to do it this year.

However, PHE warned that the majority of people attempting to quit are not using the most effective methods.

That equates to just over six million smokers in total.

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