Stoptober challenge for local smokers

1 October 2012


National campaign calls for all smokers in Harrogate and the surrounding district to join a 28-day quitting challenge

During October, smokers in Harrogate and the surrounding district are being encouraged to take part in the first ever mass quit attempt launched by the Department of Health – Stoptober.

We know that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay smokefree, and Stoptober leads smokers through a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve this goal.

The North Yorkshire NHS Stop Smoking Service, which is managed by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, are supporting the brand new stop smoking campaign in a bid to get people to quit.

The new campaign includes a preparation pack, 28-day Quit Calendar and Health & Wealth wheel.

Smokers will also receive support and encouragement through a daily messaging service, inspiration from celebrity mentors, and expert advice via:

  • Stoptober app (available via Smartphone)
  • Motivational text messages
  • Facebook page

As well as the financial benefits of stopping smoking, those undertaking the 28 day programme will experience physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy.

Longer term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke.

Smoking is one of the biggest cause of premature death and each year it accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK and one in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking disease.

Stoptober 2012 kicks off on Monday 1 October and runs for 28 days.

For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, visit or call North Yorkshire NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0300 303 1603.

To find out where you can get support to quit call North Yorkshire NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0300 303 1603 or ask at any pharmacy or GP practice displaying the Stoptober logo.


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