Smokers urged to stub it out
SMOKERS are urged to kick the habit this month in a mass quit attempt.
City health chiefs have backed the Department of Health's Stoptober campaign.
One in four adults in Plymouth smoke, according to government figures.
The city's rate of 25.1 per cent is higher than the national average of 20.7 per cent.
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Dr Peter Rudge, GP and vice chair of the Plymouth Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "We hope as many people as possible take advantage of Stoptober to set a date to quit for October and go on to quit long-term.
"Stopping smoking is the single most important way of improving people's health.
"With Christmas just around the corner, the average smoker could save about £150 – £200 a month by giving up the cigarettes; a fantastic bonus on top of the many health benefits that quitting brings."
Councillor Sue McDonald, Plymouth City Council Cabinet member for Public Health and Adult Social Care, added: "Helping people to give up smoking is vitally important if we are to improve people's health in the city.
"I hope this campaign will encourage smokers to take up the 28-day challenge and will result in more people kicking the habit for good."
Evidence shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke free.
Stoptober 2012 kicks off this week and runs for 28 days.
The new campaign includes a preparation pack, 28-day Quit Calendar and Health & Wealth wheel.
Quitters can also get support and encouragement through a daily messaging service, inspiration from celebrity mentors, and expert advice via a Stoptober phone app, motivational text messages and Facebook.
For the first time NHS Plymouth's stop smoking service will offer quit support online.
Join the Stoptober Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/342965612461414/
Last year the NHS service in Plymouth helped almost 2,500 people quit smoking. For more information visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober