Smokers encouraged to quit during Stoptober campaign

Published Thursday, 21 September 2017

THE number of smokers in Hinckley & Bosworth has almost halved since the introduction of smoke-free legislation in the UK 10 years ago.

And next month, even more smokers in the borough will be encouraged to give up cigarettes as the Borough Council lends its support to "Stoptober" - the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England.

The council has already arranged to hold stalls at the following locations to provide information, advice and support for those who are thinking of giving up:

  • 2 October (10am to 3pm) – Britannia Centre
  • 5 October (9am to 3pm) – Hinckley Health Centre
  • 17 October (10am to 2pm) - George Ward Centre
  • 18 October (9am to 3pm) - Hinckley Health Centre

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help smokers choose what works for them. They can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help, including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook.

Visit Quit Ready (quitready.co.uk) and Smoke Free (smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober) for more information.

Councillor Maureen Cook, the borough's Health Champion, said:

The fall in the number of smokers so far is very good news for all the residents of the borough who would have been affected -  not only the smokers themselves but families, friends and colleagues.

I would encourage all those who have yet to quit to take advantage of the help available during Stoptober so that we can all enjoy a cleaner, healthier borough and look forward to the long term reduction in smoking-related illness.

Prior to the change in the law in 2007, 22.3 per cent of the adult population in the borough smoked, but this figure has now fallen to 11.6 per cent, according to Public Health England. This means that around 8,000 borough residents are no longer smoking and helps to show that the introduction of smoke-free legislation to protect people in public places from the harmful effects of smoking and second hand smoke has always been supported by the vast majority of the population - even smokers themselves.

The fall in the number of smokers has also seen a significant fall in the number of premature deaths caused by smoking. New figures from Public Health England show that the number of smokers aged 35 and over dying from heart disease in the East Midlands has fallen significantly from 41.6 per 100,000 population in 2007-09 to 31 in 2013-15; while deaths from stroke have fallen from 11.7 per 100,000 population in 2007-09 to 9.4 in 2013-15.