Campaign aims to stub out the habit and help smokers

Director of public health for North Tyneside Council Mariette Evans, Nathan Thompson and Christine Dryden from the Local Stop Smoking Service with Coun Lesley Spillard and Andy Lloyd from Fresh.

Director of public health for North Tyneside Council Mariette Evans, Nathan Thompson and Christine Dryden from the Local Stop Smoking Service with Coun Lesley Spillard and Andy Lloyd from Fresh.

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Smokers in the borough are being invited to join the thousands of people gearing up to quit the habit for Stoptober.

Stoptober, launched on Monday, is a 28-day initiative from Public Health England encouraging smokers in the north east to make an attempt to quit by October 1.

Free support and information packs are available, with health organisation Fresh and North Tyneside Council backing the campaign.

Coun Lesley Spillard, cabinet member with responsibility for public health, said: “We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our residents and our workforce.

“Together with our partners, we’re backing the Stoptober campaign to help people quit smoking and feel a lot healthier and a great deal wealthier with all the money they’ll be saving by not buying cigarettes.”

Marietta Evans, North Tyneside director of public health, added: “I appreciate it’s not always easy to stop smoking, but the best chance of success is to visit your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.”

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “We’re encouraging anyone who smokes in the north east to join in with Stoptober and give quitting a go.

“Last year’s campaign was a massive success and this year it could be even bigger.

“It is fantastic to have so much involvement from local authorities and major employers from the region this year. The support of your employer and colleagues can make a massive difference to help you to quit.”

She added: “If you smoke there’s countless reasons to stop.

“You will feel better in yourself, lower your chances of a serious smoking related disease like lung cancer, and have much more money in your pocket.”

For more about the campaign visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober