Wirral smokers urged to sign up for 'Stoptober' campaign

Wirral Globe: Suzanne Collins at the Stoptober launch. Picture: Paul Heaps Suzanne Collins at the Stoptober launch. Picture: Paul Heaps

SMOKERS across Wirral are being challenged to sign up to the national “Stoptober” campaign to boost their chances of quitting.

Wirral Community NHS Trust and Wirral Council are supporting the Public Health England initiative – the nation’s biggest mass participation stop smoking challenge to date.

Rory Coleman, endurance athlete, and actress Suzanne Collins helped  launch this year’s campaign at the Pyramids shopping centre this afternoon.

Stoptober quitters receive a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice.

They will also get detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.

People who currently smoke are also encouraged to get in touch with their local stop-smoking service, as research shows you are four times more likely to quit with this extra support than stopping on your own.

Councillor Chris Meaden, cabinet member for health and well-being, is one of the first to sign-up to this year's campaign.

She said: “We want to help as many people as possible in Wirral to quit. There is a wide range of support available.

"For example our local stop smoking services are doing a great job, and last year thousands of people successfully quit with their help.

“If you’ve been thinking about quitting, now is the time to do it.

"It isn’t always an easy journey but with the support of friends, family, Stoptober resources and your local stop smoking service, everyone can help each other to reduce the number of smokers in Wirral”.

New research shows every day a person goes without cigarettes could add as much as six hours to their lives.

For the 28-day duration of Stoptober, this equals a full seven days.

It also suggests that if someone stops smoking for 28 days they are five times more likely to kick the habit for good.

Last year the campaign resulted in more than 160,000 people giving up smoking.

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12:14pm Mon 9 Sep 13

Llamedos 1 says...

I would urge anyone who wants to give up the weed to try e.cigarettes.
Out of the 30 or so people I have encouraged to try this alternative about 80% have totally given up tobacco cigarettes. I believe that this is the most successful method. After 4 years on the e.cigs myself the smokers cough has gone and the BP has reduce enough to cease BP tablets so I don't need HMG to tell me that because they are untested by the British medical authorities they might be dangerous, I have tested them for you. Don't make excuses to try and tax e.cigatette equipment just because you are now losing a small fortune in duty and tax on tobacco products. HMG are the biggest hypocrites of all. They tell us they want everyone to give up the weed but they are not prepared to give up the revenue.
I would urge anyone who wants to give up the weed to try e.cigarettes. Out of the 30 or so people I have encouraged to try this alternative about 80% have totally given up tobacco cigarettes. I believe that this is the most successful method. After 4 years on the e.cigs myself the smokers cough has gone and the BP has reduce enough to cease BP tablets so I don't need HMG to tell me that because they are untested by the British medical authorities they might be dangerous, I have tested them for you. Don't make excuses to try and tax e.cigatette equipment just because you are now losing a small fortune in duty and tax on tobacco products. HMG are the biggest hypocrites of all. They tell us they want everyone to give up the weed but they are not prepared to give up the revenue. Llamedos 1
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9:17am Tue 10 Sep 13

LocaLGovwatcher says...

Smoking is a habit which equates to you being in prison with the cell door open. It takes two steps to freedom, but you really do have to want to be free. Making excuses only deludes yourself and keeps you in captivity. This realisation empowered me to stop smoking after thirty-five years of addiction. I wish you well.
Smoking is a habit which equates to you being in prison with the cell door open. It takes two steps to freedom, but you really do have to want to be free. Making excuses only deludes yourself and keeps you in captivity. This realisation empowered me to stop smoking after thirty-five years of addiction. I wish you well. LocaLGovwatcher
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11:59am Tue 10 Sep 13

Llamedos 1 says...

LocalGovwatcher.....
I couldn't agree more, yes you certainly need the will to quit. I personally couldn't do it cold turkey and also tried all the alternative remedies (patches, chewingum , inhalers even snuff) but my willpower failed me until the invention of the e.cig. To me these devices have literally been a life saver and I am sure that all the other people I have advised on e.cigarettes will also have longer lives. However, believe me....HMG are trying to screw "vapers" due to their loss of tobacco revenue, hypocracy of the highest order.
LocalGovwatcher..... I couldn't agree more, yes you certainly need the will to quit. I personally couldn't do it cold turkey and also tried all the alternative remedies (patches, chewingum , inhalers even snuff) but my willpower failed me until the invention of the e.cig. To me these devices have literally been a life saver and I am sure that all the other people I have advised on e.cigarettes will also have longer lives. However, believe me....HMG are trying to screw "vapers" due to their loss of tobacco revenue, hypocracy of the highest order. Llamedos 1
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