Lancashire leads the way in Stoptober sign-up

Actress Kelsey-Beth Crossley, with a three metre high disk in Trafalgar Square, London, to launch 'Stoptober', a campaign to get people to give up smoking.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 1, 2013. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Actress Kelsey-Beth Crossley, with a three metre high disk in Trafalgar Square, London, to launch 'Stoptober', a campaign to get people to give up smoking. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 1, 2013. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

More than 4,300 Lancashire residents signed up to participate in the national Stoptober campaign to help them quit smoking.

The figures mean Lancashire County Council has generated the biggest sign-up rates for any local authority in the north west.

Stoptober is run nationally by Public Health England and supported locally by Lancashire County Council.

Its aim was to encourage people to give up smoking for good during the month of October.

A giant version of the Stoptober ‘red button’, a drop-in session at Preston’s St George’s Centre, and information packs and advice from local stop smoking teams were some of the activities that have helped to make Lancashire’s campaign a success.

County Councillor Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “I’m pleased that Stoptober has been such a success in Lancashire.

“Smoking kills as well as causing a whole host of illnesses, and 22% of Lancashire’s population smoke – that’s much higher than the national average.

“It’s vital that we encourage people to do all they can to quit for good and Stoptober is a great campaign because it urges people to get help rather than trying to give up alone.

“I’m pleased it’s been such a huge success and that so many people in Lancashire have taken their first steps to quitting.

“If they haven’t already, it’s not too late to stop now and their local stop smoking service will help.”

Anyone wanting to stop smoking can call the Central, East and West Lancashire Quit Squad on 0800 328 6297 or the North Lancashire Stop Smoking Service on 01524 845145 www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober.