Doctors are urging people in Clitheroe to visit local stop smoking services and join the thousands of people quitting smoking this year for the annual Stoptober campaign.
There is no better or easier time of year to quit smoking than October. Support for those who want to stop smoking is everywhere, and research has found that if you can give up cigarettes for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stop smoking for good.
Ditching your cigarettes can have incredible health benefits.
Every year, around 96,000 people in the UK die from diseases caused by smoking. Stopping smoking can have wide ranging benefits, improving your health, and the health of those around you. Second-hand smoke causes health risks for people who don’t smoke.
People who stop smoking notice changes like improved taste and smell within days, while important benefits, such as lower risks of heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and improvements in breathing and fertility levels will be seen within the first two years.
Giving up smoking is also good for your wallet; the average smoker could save £3,000 per year after stopping.
Not smoking is also good for those around you. Second-hand smoke causes health risks for people who don’t smoke, which include heart disease, lung cancer, strokes and respiratory infections (such as bronchitis and pneumonia). Dr Phil Huxley, Chair at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers to find lots of support in quitting.
Local Stop Smoking Services provide excellent support.
East Lancashire Stop Smoking Service Quit Squad can be contacted on 01254 283370 or 0800 328 6297