Kick the habit with 28 day stop smoking challenge

smokingetiquetteSMOKERS determined to kick the habit will get messages of support from the country’s top comedians if they sign up to a 28 day quitting challenge.

Quitters signing up to Stoptober 2015 can rely on support from stand up stars including Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray, Shappi Khorsandi and Bill Bailey.

With more than 1,0001 smoking related deaths in East Sussex each year, health bosses are encouraging residents to sign up to the nationwide public health stop smoking challenge.

Cynthia Lyons, acting director for public health, said: “Evidence shows that if you can go 28 days without a cigarette, you are five times more likely to give up for good.

“The benefits of stopping smoking are almost immediate: quitters will soon see reduced blood pressure, easier breathing and better circulation. It is one of the best things you can do
to improve your health and reduce your chances of developing long-term conditions and dying prematurely. Sign up today and get ready to start your quitting journey with our support on the October 1.

“Not smoking for a month is an achievable target and you will soon see the financial, physical and health benefits, including better sense of taste and smell and a reduced risk of lung cancer and heart disease.”

Those signing up are being encouraged to get family members, friend and work colleagues to join them to increase their chances of success.

Research shows that a smoker is 67 per cent more likely to quit if their partner stops and 36 per cent more likely if a friend kicks the habit.

This year there is even more reason to pack up as the start of Stoptober coincides with the introduction of a new law preventing people from smoking in cars carrying anyone under the age of 18.

From October 1 it is an offence for motorists or passengers to smoke in a car that is carrying a child under the age of 18. Those breaking the law face a £50 fixed penalty notice.

If the health and financial benefits are not enough to make people quit, changes in legislation may give some people the push they need to stop smoking.

More information is available online at
or speak to a friendly, qualified adviser in your local free NHS stop smoking service at  East Sussex Quit 51 NHS Stop Smoking Service call: 0800 622 6968.

The percentage of adults smoking in East Sussex (Source: Tobacco Profiles for East Sussex)
East Sussex: 18.4%
Hastings: 26.2%
Rother: 12.9%
Eastbourne: 22.4%
Lewes: 16.3%
Wealden: 15.9%
England average: 18.4%