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Quit for good this Stoptober with free tools and support

by Sandra Issar

Smokers in Knowsley are being urged to quit with the annual Stoptober campaign, which starts on 1 October.

As Stoptober returns for its tenth year, a new nationwide survey of 2,000 current smokers has found that nearly half (45%) have been smoking more since the first lockdown began.

As a result of increased smoking behaviours, this year’s Stoptober mass quit attempt is more important than ever, with quitting remaining one of the best things a smoker can do for their health.

Those looking to quit this October are not alone and will be joining the 2.3 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago.

Search ‘Stoptober’ online to find a range of free quitting tools including the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and online Personal Quit Plan.

Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health, said:

“If you are a smoker, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health, allowing you to start moving better, breathe more easily and save money – and research shows that if you can quit for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good.

 

“Even if you’ve tried before and didn’t manage don’t give up on quitting because you can do it. Many smokers try several times before they succeed but getting the right support and using stop smoking aids to help ease the cravings, gives you a much better chance of success.”

Local support to help you quit

 Smokefree Knowsley, Knowsley’s stop smoking service, continues to offer specialist support for Knowsley residents to quit smoking, including those who are pregnant.

To find out more about services available or to access support from Knowsley Stop Smoking Service call 0151 426 7462, text quit to 61825 (normal network charge) or visit the website: www.smokefreeknowsley.org.uk

If you prefer you can use your local pharmacy stop smoking services. Please contact your local pharmacy for more information.

Giving up has many benefits

Smoking damages the lungs and airways, making it harder to breathe. As well as reducing the risks from complications from coronavirus, quitting smoking quickly improves your circulation and your breathing.

 The average smoker can also save £1,875.60, a year by quitting smoking.

Once smokefree, there are very real health benefits with the body continuing to repair the longer you stay smokefree.  The immediate benefits include:

  • After 8 hours harmful carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal.
  • After 48 the body has flushed out all carbon monoxide, lungs start to clear out mucus and ability to taste and smell is improved
  • After 72 hours breathing becomes easier as bronchial tubes begin to relax
  • After 2 to 12 weeks lung function and blood circulation start to improve, making physical activity like walking and running easier
  • After 3 to 9 months any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases further
  • After 1 year your risk of heart attack has halved compared to a smoker. Research also suggests that people who have quit for a year are happier than those who continue to smoke.

In the longer term quitting is also linked to reduced depression, anxiety, and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life compared with continuing to smoke.

For support, advice and free tools to quit smoking from Knowsley Stop Smoking Service call 0151 426 7462, text quit to 61825 (normal network charge) or visit the website: www.smokefreeknowsley.org.uk