Living Well Smoke Free service celebrates Stoptober’s 10th anniversary

This story was published 30 September 2021

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the national campaign Stoptober, which begins tomorrow (Oct 1).

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The campaign has seen 2 million smokers take part and attempt to quit smoking for good.

North Yorkshire’s Living Well Smoke Free service, which has seen 1,000 people sign up for support over the last year and 800 quit smoking permanently, is also celebrating the national month.

Living Well Smoke Free is open and ready to take on more people across the county during October’s Stoptover campaign and provides smokers with the support they need.

Stoptober aims to encourage smokers to make a quit attempt during the month of October, and sustain it for at least 28 days – as, they are five times more likely to quit for good.

Lucy, a North Yorkshire County Council employee, signed up for the service in January 2021 and said: “I received a first class service. I was dubious at first given that I had tried to give up smoking so many times before and failed. I have previously tried to quit smoking using the nurse led service at my GP surgery but failed, tried independently and also failed. 

“My Living Well Smoke Free advisor was very encouraging and supportive. I didn’t feel judged and felt listened to. It worked well for me being seen virtually as it was during the pandemic and work was very busy.”

The advisors have a wealth of experience in helping people from the age of 12 and up to stop smoking.  They are currently providing a virtual service and have select community based locations throughout the whole of North Yorkshire.

Cllr Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Public Health said: “The Living Well Smoke Free service is incredible and the high level of success rate reflects how the team can really support people to quit smoking for good. Stoptober has been an encouraging factor for so many people to quit, and our local service can provide the support and knowledge people need throughout their journey.

“When you quit smoking, it reduces your risk of illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease. It will protect the health of the people around you by reducing their exposure to second hand smoke. It will also save you money - the average smoker saves £150 a month when they quit.”

Living Well Smoke Free offers personalised one-to-one support over six to twelve weeks including:

  • Access to a dedicated stop smoking advisor
  • A supply of stop smoking medications including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), Champix and e-cigarettes
  • Weekly virtual/local one-to-one sessions

Contact the Living Well Smokefree team for advice about giving up smoking for good.