World No Tobacco Day

With October fast approaching, Sefton Council is encouraging smokers to join up and quit together for Stoptober 2014.

Sefton is supporting Public Health England’s (PHE) national 28 day stop smoking challenge which this year is using a range of free resources, advice and Great British humour as top comedians including North West’s Paddy McGuinness encourage people to quit.

Now in its third year, the campaign follows a successful 2013 when more than a thousand people in Sefton signed up to quit to improve their health, their families’ health and their finances.

Stoptober are offering a range of free tools including a new stop smoking pack, a 28 day mobile phone app, text support with daily updates, quitting advice and tips for coping as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through social media.

During October, SUPPORT, Sefton’s local stop smoking service is providing free advice and help to quit, as you are four times more likely to quit with their help. So why not join the thousands of people in Sefton who have already quit with their help and call SUPPORT 0300 100 1000.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity for the smokers across Sefton to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in the UK.

“In Sefton 22% of residents currently smoke and I hope that the campaign will give them the encouragement and support they need to succeed in their 28-day quit attempt.

“Quitting is the single most important thing you can do for your health and with the help of our local stop smoking service, SUPPORT, Stoptober’s free resources and humour I’m sure this year will be very successful.”

The Stoptober challenge is a great time to quit as there is more free support than ever this year.

Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “I encourage every smoker in Sefton to quit for Stoptober 2014 and for everyone to support those quitting around them throughout their 28 day challenge.

“If you quit smoking for 28 days then you are five times more likely to quit for good, improving your health and putting more money into your pocket.”

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

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