Smokers in Knowsley are being urged to quit with the annual Stoptober campaign, which starts on 1 October.
As Stoptober returns for its ninth year, smokers are reminded that now more than ever, ahead of flu season, is the time to put your lungs first, quit smoking and breathe easier.
Better Health – Stoptober is reminding those looking to quit this October that they are not alone, and will be joining the 1 million people in the UK who quit smoking during the coronavirus lockdown and over 2 million smokers who have made a quit attempt with Stoptober since the campaign launched nine years ago.
If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you and research show that if you can quite for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good.
Search ‘Stoptober’ online to find a range of free quitting support including the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails, Stoptober online communities, expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and stop smoking aids.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“Now more than ever, ahead of flu season, is the time to put your lungs first, quit smoking and breathe easier. It is never too late to see health benefits of quitting smoking and you’re never too old to quit.
“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
Knowsley Stop Smoking Service continues to offer specialist support for Knowsley residents to quit smoking, including those who are pregnant, with online and telephone support, as well as electronic vouchers for Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Champix. Support is also available for those wishing to quit smoking using a vaping device.
Advisors will provide an individualised reduction plan for quitting smoking – or stopping use of a vaping device, with weekly or bi-weekly appointments available via video conferencing or telephone.
To find out more about services available or to access support from Knowsley Stop Smoking Service call 0800 3247111 or 0151 426 7462, text quit to 61825 (normal network charge) or visit the website: www.readytostopsmoking.co.uk
If you would prefer to use your local pharmacy stop smoking services these remain operational, however individual pharmacies may choose to reduce these services to prioritise medicines. Please contact your local pharmacy for more information.
Giving up has many benefits
Smoking damages the lungs and airways, making it harder to breathe. Each cigarette leaves us more vulnerable to infections, such as flu.
As well as reducing the risks from complications from coronavirus, quitting smoking quickly improves your circulation and your breathing, as well as reducing the risks from complications from coronavirus.
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 0800 3247111 or 0151 426 7462, text quit to 61825 (normal network charge) or visit the website: www.readytostopsmoking.co.uk