KIRKLEES smokers are being urged to kick the habit for a month as part of a national initiative.
The first of its kind, the Stoptober challenge, run by The Department of Health, will encourage smokers to quit en masse.
Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.
And in Kirklees one in five adults smokes, so it is hoped they will take up the challenge.
NHS Kirklees, Locala Stop Smoking Service and Kirklees Council are supporting the brand new stop smoking campaign in a bid to get people to quit.
Dr Judith Hooper, director of public health for Kirklees Council and NHS Kirklees said: “Stoptober is an excellent way for Kirklees smokers to join forces and take positive steps on their journey to stopping smoking. Š
“Using the resources available online, ordering the Stoptober pack and with the support of Locala stop smoking services, people across Kirklees will have more support than even before and have the chance to experience the many benefits that stopping smoking can bring.”
The new campaign includes a preparation pack, 28-day Quit Calendar and Health and Wealth wheel. Smokers will also receive support and encouragement through a daily messaging service, inspiration from celebrity mentors, and expert advice via a Stoptober app for smart phones, text messages and the Facebook page.
As well as the financial benefits of stopping smoking, those undertaking the 28-day programme will experience physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy.
Longer term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke.
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of premature death in Kirklees and each year it accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK. One in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking disease. One in five Kirklees residents smoke, although the majority of these smokers would like to stop and Stoptober will provide further support to help this to happen.
Stoptober 2012 kicks off on Monday, October 1, and runs for 28 days.
Stoptober packs can be ordered at:
smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober. For more support with stopping smoking contact the Locala Stop Smoking Service on 01924 351498.