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Smokers urged to quit for Stoptober
SMOKERS in Bucks are being urged to quit for just 28 days add up to a week to their lives.
Stoptober is now in its second year and the nationwide NHS campaign is encouraging people to quit smoking in the month of October.
The percentage of adults who smoke in Bucks is at 16%, slightly lower than the national average of 21%.
Although smoking levels may be relatively low in the county, approximately 600 people still die in the county each year as a result.
Dr Jane O’Grady, Director of Public Health for Bucks, said: “We want smokers in Bucks to get behind this campaign to improve their own health and wellbeing and contribute to making Buckinghamshire a smoke-free county.
“80 per cent of smokers take up the habit before the age of 18 years, making this a childhood decision that often has tragic consequences on their lives.
“We would urge smokers to use our excellent local stop smoking services to help them on their journey to becoming ex-smokers.”
The scheme is supported by Bucks teacher Daniel Castle, the son of TV presenter and musician Roy Castle, a non-smoker who died of lung disease after performing in smoke-filled jazz clubs.
Daniel said: “The Stoptober campaign is a great opportunity for smokers to make a decisive change, not only for their own health but for that of their families.
“Children are more likely to start smoking if their parents smoke, so helping smokers to quit not only means children can grow up in smoke-free homes, but it can help prevent another generation developing the habit.”
A person who stops smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay smoke-free, with the long-term goal of Stoptober is to help people completely quit smoking.
Buckinghamshire Smokefree Support Service provides free access to an NHS Stop Smoking Adviser and can be contacted on 0845 27 07 222.
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