Healthy lifestyle advisers are to hold more than a dozen ‘commit to quit’ public awareness events in a bid to encourage smokers to kick their habit.
Health Trainers East Riding, run by Humber NHS Foundation Trust, will stage events throughout the district during Stoptober, next month’s national NHS smoking cessation campaign.
Manager Natalie Belt said: “Smoking is still the country’s biggest killer, claiming the lives of 79,000 people per year. And for every death, another 20 smokers are suffering from a smoking-related disease.
“Although thinking about giving up may be daunting, the good news is that there has never been a better time to give up, with quitting success rates higher than ever and a wide choice of smoking cessation opportunities available.
“It’s never too late for people to kick the habit, with smokers of any age certain to feel the health benefits within months and the financial positives immediately.
“We hope people will ‘commit to quit’ and use our services to help themselves achieve their goal. We are really looking forward to helping them.”
The Health Trainers team will launch their campaign by holding their first public awareness event in Wednesday Market, Beverley, from 9am until noon on 2 October.
Members will then hold similar events in Driffield, Bridlington, Goole and Withernsea, finishing their programme with a session at Bridlington Tesco on 27 October.
They released details of their programme as the University College of London published a report showing quitting success rates at their highest for at least a decade.
The rate, which hit 19.8 per cent in the first six months of this year, is due to people considered to be less well-off, a group traditionally associated with consistently low level of successful cessation.
For the first time ever, smokers in manual occupation groups now have almost the same chances of quitting as those in white collar jobs.
E-cigarettes are the most popular quitting method in England, with 53 per cent of those who took part in last year’s Stoptober choosing these aids.
Local stop smoking services such as Health Trainers are also the most effective way to give up, with people who use their services and e-cigarettes benefiting from the highest success rates.
Stoptober has inspired more than 1.5 million quit attempts since it began in 2012.
The campaign is based on research showing that if someone stops smoking for 28 days, they are five times more likely to kick the habit permanently.
If you live in the East Riding and would like help to stop smoking, please contact Health Trainers by calling 0800 9177752, emailing [email protected] or texting QUIT to 60163.