Smokers are being offered more help to quit the habit thanks to support from comedians.
Fresh and North Tyneside Council are gearing up for the annual ‘Stoptober’ campaign next month, recently visiting Tynemouth Priory to help promote the initiative with their ‘Stop’ sign.
And this year the 28-day Stoptober challenge is being supported by British comedians including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray and Andi Osho.
In the last two years, 22,000 people in the north east have signed up to make an attempt to quit smoking.
Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “Stoptober has been a massive success in the north east and this year could be even bigger which is why we’re encouraging everyone to support their friends and family, colleagues and staff to let them know that they can do it.
“Quitting can feel hard but with the right support it can be easier.
“If you smoke there’s countless reasons to stop and more ways than ever to get support. 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 to treat you and your family.”
Coun Lesley Spillard, cabinet member for public health, said: “In North Tyneside we see Stoptober as a key campaign in our public health calendar. It’s a great call to action for smokers and we are keen to encourage as many as possible to join in, sign up and quit.”
Marietta Evans, director of public health, said: “There’s great support available in North Tyneside to help smokers quit and we’re hoping that Stoptober will prompt smokers to make this their time to stop, with the associated benefits to their health and wallets.”
For more information www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober/