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Stoptober 2013 Launches in County Durham

Durham County Council is backing this year's campaign along with leading employers


stoptober 2013

Smokers in County Durham are being invited to join the tens of thousands of people gearing up to quit for Stoptober - officially launched today (Monday 9 September)

This year, Stoptober is aiming to become the nation's biggest ever quitting drive - with every North East local authority and dozens of organisations with a reach of over half a million staff in the region taking part to back it.

Stoptober is a 28 day initiative from Public Health England, which is backed by Fresh and encourages the North East's 460,000 smokers to make a quit attempt, starting on October 1.

People will be able to take advantage of free support including a Stoptober support pack, a daily messaging service and Stoptober mobile app. To register all you have to do is click on

A person stopping smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober's aim is to help smokers achieve this goal. Friends, families, employers and work colleagues can also make a real difference to support people to stop for the whole of October and beyond.

Someone who quits smoking for Stoptober, and doesn't smoke again, could gain an extra seven days of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life. Along with the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year.

 Every North East council, including Durham County Council, has backed the campaign, which includes encouraging any staff who smoke to give quitting a go. Some of the major organisations backing Stoptober include, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Durham University, Newcastle University, the University of Sunderland, Greggs, International Paint, Bellway Homes, Nike, Boots, Durham and Cleveland Constabularies, South Tyneside Homes, Gentoo, Home Housing and Port of Tyne.

 The Northern TUC has also backed the campaign through the Better Health at Work Awards scheme.

 Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Durham County Council, said "We are supporting Stoptober as evidence suggests that if a smoker can stay smokefree during the 28 day challenge, smokers are five times more likely to go smokefree and stop for good. Stoptober gives smokers the opportunity to prepare and take part in a smokefree plan that will give them a great foundation for giving up.

 "During Stoptober, there will be lots of support to help people on their smokefree journey including a prepare pack, a text support service and an app for real-time support.  People can also contact our local County Durham and Darlington NHS Stop Smoking Service as they offer free local and effective support that works."

 Ailsa Rutter, Director of Fresh, said: "We're encouraging anyone who smokes in the North East to join in with Stoptober and give quitting a go. Last year's campaign was a massive success and this year it could be even bigger.

 "It is fantastic to have so much involvement from local authorities and major employers from the region this year. The support of your employer and colleagues can make a massive difference to help you to quit.

  "If you smoke there's countless reasons to stop. You will feel better in yourself, lower your chances of a serious smoking related disease like lung cancer, and have much more money in your pocket.

 "There are more tools than ever before to help quit for good, as well as the excellent support from the effective NHS Stop Smoking Services in the North East."

 Benefits of quitting

  • Reduce the risk of a serious smoking related disease from middle age
  • You'll improve your general fitness
  • You'll save hundreds if not thousands of pounds for nicer things
  • Your skin and teeth will improve
  • You won't smell of smoke
  • If you smoke indoors, you'll protect loved ones from poisonous smoke


If you want to quit smoking and want local support, you can contact County

 Durham and Darlington NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0800 531 6317


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