Sefton school children cycled home the message and helped nearly 1,000 residents across the borough stub out cigarettes for October.

Youngsters used their cycling lessons to encourage their family and family’s friends to quit and be part of more than 250,000 people across the country who took part in Stoptober – the nation’s biggest quit attempt.

All those who took part in the Stoptober challenge, of quitting for 28 days, are now five times more likely to stay quit, contributing to the growing numbers of non-smokers in Sefton.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who took up the Stoptober Challenge- quitting smoking isn’t easy but it is one of the most significant health improvements a person can make.

“Stoptober has given our residents the focus to quit smoking for good. It’s fantastic that so many different groups including school children have been so supportive to encourage their family and family’s friends to quit.”

SUPPORT has been pivotal in helping Sefton residents and employees quit during Stoptober. Through their drop-in service SUPPORT provides help and advice to residents who want to quit.

Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “In Sefton 19% of residents currently smoke and I hope they used the campaign to encourage and support them with their 28-day quit attempt.

“It’s never too late to stop smoking so why not join the thousands who have already done it with the help of SUPPORT and call them today on 0300 100 1000.”

For more information call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000, alternatively you can get regular stop smoking and service updates by following SUPPORT on Twitter @SeftonSUPPORT or find them on Facebook. Stoptober information can be found by visiting

Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321  or 07930717137