A campaign is reminding people in Lichfield and Burntwood of the help that is available if they want to give up smoking.

Figures show that across Staffordshire around 12% of adults still smoke.

With the national Stoptober campaign due to begin, Staffordshire County Council’s public health team is looking to remind those who light up that there are support networks in place, including free telephone support sessions and advice on managing cravings.

Cllr Julia Jessel, cabinet member for health and care at the county council, said:

“Stoptober is the annual stop smoking campaign that we support each year.

“It’s when we encourage smokers to make a quit attempt and try and sustain it for 28 days. We know from research that people who give up for the four week period are five times more likely to quit for good.

“We know that quitting isn’t easy but with the right support it can be done. That’s why we have teamed up with Everyone Health Staffordshire to provide that extra advice.

“I’d like to remind people that they’re not on their own and urge them to get in touch with the service.”

Cllr Julia Jessel, Staffordshire County Council

A recent study released to coincide with the Stoptober campaign showed that nearly half of smokers revealed their habit had increased since the first coronavirus lockdown began.

Kimberley Yeung, community engagement programme manager from Everyone Health Staffordshire, said:

“Our service is designed to help people quit smoking for good, not just in the short term.

“If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.

“We offer free, one-to-one telephone support, face-to-face clinics and virtual appointments which are tailored for each individual aged 40 and over.

“We can advise on choosing a suitable stop smoking medication and how to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

“All stop smoking medication that we provide is free of charge too.”

Kimberley Young, Everyone Health Staffordshire

People interested in quitting can find out more about the support available from the Everyone Health Staffordshire website.

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5 Comments

  1. Get real, spend the money on much needed services then this complete waste during times of dire need. If someone smokes, its their choice if they continue or stop. These campaigns have a good intentions but prove not to be effective. Yes smoking of obviously has links to cancer and so forth but so does cars, construction and aerosols. Possibly even more so damaging then smoking alone as science uncovers.

  2. @DeadTake. I think you overestimate the level of resources being spent on the campaign. Meanwhile, effective campaigning in the UK has historically had a real and tangible impact on smoking rates. And in these times of need, if someone can kick what can be an incredibly expensive habit, then surely that’s a good thing, however bad the impact of other forms of pollution?

  3. I think the evidence for smoking related illness is well established. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is almost totally smoking related. This, like most lung diseases, is progressive and incurable. Recovery rates from lung cancers are depressingly low. The costs to the country through the treatment by the NHS is enormous.
    Of course we must have freedom of choice. It can be argued that any vice or addiction is antisocial but, if you want to indulge in an activity that is likely to lead to a slow painful death, then smoking is a good candidate.
    The initiatives to help people to stop smoking is money well spent.

  4. @Asellus, I think you could do with searching for yourself the actual useage of these stop smoking campaigns. Just recently they have had their funding reduced because of the lack of people useing them. Millions are spent on merely 109,000 people in the entire country useing them from 2020 to March 2021. You seem to believe that the ciggerette alone is the leading cause of cancer, scientists beg to differ. Alittle research beforehand goes along way.

  5. @DeadTake You think research is important? Really? I’d be interested in how your research came to the conclusion that I think that the cigarette is the leading cause of cancer. I don’t remember mentioning that.

    But if you’re so hot on research, you’d obviously be happy to share where you are getting your information from? Did you YouTube it or look at an actual peer reviewed research paper like this one? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3929003/ or this one https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31246257/ or this one https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31064349/?

    Also, if you were really serious about research, you’d have noted that smoking rates appear to have increased recently as a result of the impacts of the pandemic. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15656

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