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20 September 2018

Become an ex-smoker this October

Cumbria County Council is supporting this year’s Stoptober campaign from Public Health England and encouraging the county’s 59,000 smokers to take part.

The stop smoking challenge begins on 1 October 2018 and includes a combination of quit methods, Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them - with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes. 

People wanting to quit can search 'Stoptober' online for a free Personal Quit Plan.

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council's Director of Public Health, said:

“Since 2012, smoking prevalence in adults in Cumbria has reduced by around 23,000 people. We’re heading in the right direction to a smoke free Cumbria and campaigns like Stoptober offer a great opportunity to promote different ways to quit and our pharmacies can help too.

“If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Choose the support that is right for you during Stoptober and become smoke free.”


Quitting smoking is easier with the right support, the best way to quit is with expert face-to-face help from local stop smoking services together with stop smoking aids; in 2017-18, 51% of smokers who got this support managed to quit and for those who used an e-cigarette in their quit attempt, the success rate was up to 63%.

The advice for committed smokers who can’t or won’t quit is that switching completely to e-cigarettes will significantly benefit their health. The key messages the county council is keen to promote are if you don’t smoke, don’t start vaping; if you do smoke, stop altogether if you can - and our pharmacies can help; and if you can’t stop, or don’t want to - switch to vaping.

People who get expert support from local stop smoking services are up to four times as likely to quit successfully as those who try to quit unaided. Members of the public can find local stop smoking support by texting ‘pharmacy stop your postcode’ to 80011 or by calling the county council on 0300 013 3000.



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Cumbria County Council is supporting this year’s Stoptober campaign from Public Health England and encouraging the county’s 59,000 smokers to take part.