Stoptober's back for 2019 with lots of support and encouragement for smokers aiming to kick the habit for good.
The 28-day annual campaign led by Public Health England has driven more than a million quit attempts to date and gets under way on Tuesday, October 1
The initiative is based on research that shows that smokers managing to quit for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good
The South Tees Smokefree Alliance will be leading the campaign locally, helping more people make the decision that will improve quality and length of life.
Smoking rates continue to fall locally, with Middlesbrough's 2018/19 rate down to 17.4%, compared with 18.7% in 2017/18.
In Redcar & Cleveland the figure has fallen to 13.5% from 15% over the same period - the borough has seen one of the highest rates of decline in the UK since 2013, with a prevalence rate lower than the national average.
Successful quit attempts often use a combination of methods including stop smoking aids and expert help from local stop smoking services.
South Tees Director of Public Health Edward Kunonga, said: "We're continuing to see more people stopping smoking which will have a positive impact on their health and well-being and length of life.
"However our ambition is to make smoking history across our area in line with the regional ambition of reducing our smoking rates to 5% by 2025.
"Each year 300 people die every year in Middlesbrough from smoking-related diseases. These deaths are preventable and we have excellent services to support people to quit smoking.
"Quitting smoking is the single most effective thing that people can do to improve their health.
"I would urge people to make the most of the Stoptober initiative as an opportunity to take charge of their health and seek support from our Stop Smoking Service."
Councillor Dorothy Davison, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Adult Services & Health, said: "The majority of those who still smoke really want to give up, and Stoptober has a proven track record of success.
"There's lots of support already available locally, both raising awareness of the hazards of smoking and helping people to quit.
"There's never been a better time to kick this deadly habit - I hope as many people as possible will use this year's Stoptober campaign to start their quitting journey."
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