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Campaign aiding county smokers to packet in
1:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
SMOKERS in Dorset are being targeted in a new campaign running through October.
In the Wessex region, which includes Dorset, 18.6 per cent of adults still smoke. It is the nation’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.
Stoptober – England’s mass 28-day stop smoking attempt – is back following its huge success last year which saw 160,000 people complete the challenge.
The Public Health England campaign comes as new research shows the extra years of life that can be gained by quitting.
Someone who stops for Stoptober and doesn’t smoke again, could gain an extra seven days of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life.
A person stopping smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay ‘smokefree’ and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal.
Along with the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year.
Public Health England’s director of health and wellbeing Professor Kevin Fenton said: “Whilst smoking prevalence across the country as a whole is falling steadily, it remains high in some parts and is still the biggest cause of premature death, with more than 80,000 deaths in England every year.”
Stoptober provides smokers with a range of free support including a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice.
Stoptober 2013 starts on Tuesday, October 1 and runs for 28 days. For more information search Stoptober online.
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