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Issue:- Thursday, 28 October 2016

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Cheshire and Merseyside Stoptober quitters encouraged to "Keep going!"

PEOPLE across Cheshire and Merseyside joined tens of thousands of people in the UK choosing to turn their back on cigarettes in October, in the mass 28 day stop smoking challenge, Stoptober.

Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days can extend your life by up to 1 week if you remain smokefree.

The new ex-smokers across Cheshire and Merseyside are celebrating their 1st steps towards a healthier, smokefree life and are being encouraged by experts to keep going.

The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every 4 weeks. Stoptober would have saved them £141 each over four weeks and if they remain smokefree, they could save £1,696 in a year.

Eileen O’Meara, Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health Executive Board and Director of Public Health and Public Protection, Halton Borough Council said:- “Well done to everyone who has successfully taken part in Stoptober this year in Cheshire and Merseyside. We know it can be hard. If you missed Stoptober or found it difficult to stay smokefree in October, it’s never too late to start your own 28 day quit attempt.  Although Stoptober has ended there is still a wide range of support available. Our local stop smoking services provide free advice and support and our advisers are available throughout the year. Research shows that by using local stop smoking services you are 4 times more likely to quit than going it alone, so please get in touch for support.”

Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Healthier Futures, a social enterprise that helps people in Cheshire and Merseyside to live longer, healthier, happier lives said:- “Well done to everyone who has successfully stopped smoking this Stoptober. As well as saving money, everyone that managed to stay smokefree will already be experiencing significant physical improvements, including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy. Longer term, these quitters will reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their 2nd hand smoke.  Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health today. If you’ve successfully managed to stay smokefree for 28 days, keep going for a healthier and wealthier future for you and your family.”

It is not too late to start your own 28 day challenge; contact your local stop smoking service for free support and advice today.

You can find your local service by visiting:- NHS.UK/SmokeFree.

Let us know if you have managed to stop smoking and what helped you by emailing our newsroom via:- News24@SouthportReporter.com.

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