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Smokers in Gateshead are being encouraged to give quitting another go as Stoptober returns.

As well as the single best thing for health, research shows quitting can save a 10-day-smoker around £135 a month but can also improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

Not smoking is now the norm but despite smoking rates being lower than ever before, 16% of people still smoke across the North East. Stoptober is back to help encourage smokers to make a quit attempt and join those who have already quit this year.

Gateshead Council and Public Health England are encouraging all smokers to join in with the nation's biggest quit attempt beginning on October 1st  by providing them with the support and information they need to "split up" with smoking this Stoptober.

Ailsa Rutter OBE, Director of Fresh, said: "The North East has seen the biggest drop in smoking in England since 2005 and we are urging anyone who smokes to just give it a go for Stoptober - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

There are so many reasons to quit but at a time when we are all aware of the importance of better mental health, evidence is clear that quitting smoking can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression and improve positive mood."

Cllr Mary Foy, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, at Gateshead Council said:

Since Stoptober was launched in 2012 thousands of people in Gateshead have quit smoking. Not everyone is successful on their first attempt however with the right support available you're much more likely to succeed.

Stoptober is the perfect time to try and quit and I'd like to encourage anyone who is thinking about stopping smoking to make sure they have the package of support that will help them quit for good.

51-year-old Andrea Dunnigan from Heworth quit smoking for Stoptober two years ago. She said: As I got older, I started feeling more stressed and I put some of it down to smoking. I thought I was having panic attacks as I was very breathless going to the gym, going up stairs and even walking up the street. I had a lung infection which didn't seem to get any better. It was then that I decided to go to the doctors, and I was eventually diagnosed with COPD, including emphysema.

"After quitting the first time for a couple of years, I knew that I could do it. I felt so proud of myself for not smoking and I wanted to be a non-smoker again. I decided to quit for Stoptober as it had a real community feel to it, I felt part of something that lots of other people were doing and it helped me keep going. I used nicotine replacement sprays to help and I thought they were brilliant.

"My message to people thinking about giving quitting a go for Stoptober is to go for it. I feel so much healthier and I am so happy to be here with my kids and grandkids. Quitting smoking is such a good thing to do. Doing it during Stoptober is great as you have plenty of support around you. If you fail, pick a date and start again. It's never too late to quit."

To get your quit attempt underway, search for Stoptober online, visit the NHS website or call the Gateshead Stop Smoking Service on 0191 433 3058 or email smokefree@gateshead.gov.uk

Fresh will also be encouraging people to quit smoking with the Stoptober roadshow out and about in town centres and supermarkets and will be in Trinity Square on 21 September and Asda at the Metrocentre on 23 September.

Stoptober has supported over 1.9 million people on their quit journey to date - if a smoker can make it to 28 days smokefree, they are five times more likely to quit for good. Stoptober's free quitting support includes the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails, a Personal Quit Plan and Stoptober online communities.

Research has shown that while many smokers want to quit, they face common barriers including procrastination and a fear of failure. Smokers can get expert face-to-face  support from local stop smoking services, and those who do are three times as likely to quit successfully as those who try to quit using willpower alone.

Additionally, GPs and pharmacists can also give advice and tips to help smokers quit, including what stop smoking aids might be right for them. Support from family and friends is also an important factor in quitting smoking, and these networks are encouraged to support a smoker as they split up with smoking.

Dr Rosemary Leonard said: "We know it can be hard to give up smoking but now is the time to give it a try, whether it's the first time or you've tried before. The Stoptober community can really help with motivation and staying on track. Additional support is also available from a variety of places including local stop smoking services, GPs, pharmacies and of course, the Stoptober and NHS Smokefree websites. Quitting smoking is the best thing a smoker can do for their health — Stoptober is a brilliant chance to quit with others for 28 days and see the benefits for yourself. If you're a non-smoker, use this chance to support a loved one as they split up with smoking this Stoptober."

Stoptober
19 September 2019

Smokers in Gateshead are being encouraged to give quitting another go as Stoptober returns.

As well as the single best thing for health, research shows quitting can save a 10-day-smoker around £135 a month but can also improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

Not smoking is now the norm but despite smoking rates being lower than ever before, 16% of people still smoke across the North East. Stoptober is back to help encourage smokers to make a quit attempt and join those who have already quit this year.

Gateshead Council and Public Health England are encouraging all smokers to join in with the nation's biggest quit attempt beginning on October 1st  by providing them with the support and information they need to "split up" with smoking this Stoptober.

Ailsa Rutter OBE, Director of Fresh, said: "The North East has seen the biggest drop in smoking in England since 2005 and we are urging anyone who smokes to just give it a go for Stoptober - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

There are so many reasons to quit but at a time when we are all aware of the importance of better mental health, evidence is clear that quitting smoking can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression and improve positive mood."

Cllr Mary Foy, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, at Gateshead Council said:

Since Stoptober was launched in 2012 thousands of people in Gateshead have quit smoking. Not everyone is successful on their first attempt however with the right support available you're much more likely to succeed.

Stoptober is the perfect time to try and quit and I'd like to encourage anyone who is thinking about stopping smoking to make sure they have the package of support that will help them quit for good.

51-year-old Andrea Dunnigan from Heworth quit smoking for Stoptober two years ago. She said: As I got older, I started feeling more stressed and I put some of it down to smoking. I thought I was having panic attacks as I was very breathless going to the gym, going up stairs and even walking up the street. I had a lung infection which didn't seem to get any better. It was then that I decided to go to the doctors, and I was eventually diagnosed with COPD, including emphysema.

"After quitting the first time for a couple of years, I knew that I could do it. I felt so proud of myself for not smoking and I wanted to be a non-smoker again. I decided to quit for Stoptober as it had a real community feel to it, I felt part of something that lots of other people were doing and it helped me keep going. I used nicotine replacement sprays to help and I thought they were brilliant.

"My message to people thinking about giving quitting a go for Stoptober is to go for it. I feel so much healthier and I am so happy to be here with my kids and grandkids. Quitting smoking is such a good thing to do. Doing it during Stoptober is great as you have plenty of support around you. If you fail, pick a date and start again. It's never too late to quit."

To get your quit attempt underway, search for Stoptober online, visit the NHS website or call the Gateshead Stop Smoking Service on 0191 433 3058 or email smokefree@gateshead.gov.uk

Fresh will also be encouraging people to quit smoking with the Stoptober roadshow out and about in town centres and supermarkets and will be in Trinity Square on 21 September and Asda at the Metrocentre on 23 September.

Stoptober has supported over 1.9 million people on their quit journey to date - if a smoker can make it to 28 days smokefree, they are five times more likely to quit for good. Stoptober's free quitting support includes the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails, a Personal Quit Plan and Stoptober online communities.

Research has shown that while many smokers want to quit, they face common barriers including procrastination and a fear of failure. Smokers can get expert face-to-face  support from local stop smoking services, and those who do are three times as likely to quit successfully as those who try to quit using willpower alone.

Additionally, GPs and pharmacists can also give advice and tips to help smokers quit, including what stop smoking aids might be right for them. Support from family and friends is also an important factor in quitting smoking, and these networks are encouraged to support a smoker as they split up with smoking.

Dr Rosemary Leonard said: "We know it can be hard to give up smoking but now is the time to give it a try, whether it's the first time or you've tried before. The Stoptober community can really help with motivation and staying on track. Additional support is also available from a variety of places including local stop smoking services, GPs, pharmacies and of course, the Stoptober and NHS Smokefree websites. Quitting smoking is the best thing a smoker can do for their health — Stoptober is a brilliant chance to quit with others for 28 days and see the benefits for yourself. If you're a non-smoker, use this chance to support a loved one as they split up with smoking this Stoptober."

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