Stoptober – the 28 day challenge which supports the nation’s eight million smokers to stop smoking – is back.
And Pendle Council is challenging residents to take part in the nation’s biggest quit attempt, joining more than 750,000 people who have already participated.
The start of this year’s Stoptober campaign coincides with the introduction of new legislation in England and Wales making it illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under the age of 18 present. From October 1st, both the driver and the smoker can be fined if anyone smokes in the vehicle.
Coun. David Whalley, who has responsibility for health and wellbeing on Pendle Council, explained: “The law is changing to protect children from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
“Every time a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals, which put them at risk of serious conditions including meningitis, cancer and respiratory infections.
“Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days means you’re five times more likely to stop for good. With one less place to smoke, there is one more reason to sign up to Stoptober.”
People who sign up to Stoptober will receive free and proven support. You can go online to find your nearest local Stop Smoking Service at nhs.uk/smokefree