Smokers in Devon are being encouraged to quit and breathe easier this winter as part of the national ‘Stoptober’ campaign.
New figures show the number of people who have successfully given up smoking this year is at its highest in more than a decade, and Devon’s Public Health team is keen to help even more people take the first step towards quitting for good.
Running throughout October, the annual Stoptober challenge encourages people to give up smoking for 28 days, making them five times more likely to quit for good.
Steve Brown, Director of Public Health designate and Chair of the Smokefree Devon Alliance said:
“The coronavirus pandemic has really highlighted the importance of taking care of ourselves.
“Now more than ever, with winter and the flu season approaching, we need to do all we can to live healthier lives.
“Smoking damages the lungs and airways and harms the immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to infections, so stopping is one of the best things you can do for your health.
“When you stop smoking, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you’ll notice immediate improvements to your health, no matter how long you’ve been a smoker.
“Quitting takes willpower, determination and the right level of support, so if you have been considering it, Stoptober is a great opportunity to join millions of others in the challenge. You don’t have to do it alone, there’s plenty of advice, guidance and available to help you.
To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Devon County Council commissioned healthy lifestyle service, OneSmallStep won’t be out and about in their ‘quit van’ this year, but free support and tailored advice is still available to smokers in Devon (excluding Plymouth and Torbay) via their website, by calling 01392 908 139 or texting QUIT to 60777.
The national campaign also includes a range of free digital services including the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot and online communities, SMS and daily emails. Search ‘Stoptober’ for a full range of quitting support options.