South Tyneside smokers urged to team up to kick the habit

Councillor Moira Smith, South Tyneside council's lead member for health and wellbeing, Andy Lloyd from Fresh, and Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health with Mitchell Smith and Lewis Kapranos from South Shields Football Club.
Councillor Moira Smith, South Tyneside council's lead member for health and wellbeing, Andy Lloyd from Fresh, and Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health with Mitchell Smith and Lewis Kapranos from South Shields Football Club.
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Teamwork could prove to be the key for South Tynesiders who sign up to a campaign to quit their tab habit.

Smokers are being urged to give quitting a go for the launch of Stoptober as new research finds people’s chances of stopping soar if they quit with a partner or friend.

In South Tyneside lung cancer is our biggest killer and if more people stop smoking many more lives could be saved.

Lisa Surtees, acting director of Fresh

Public Health England and Fresh are urging smokers from the area to sign up to Stoptober – the country’s 28 day mass quit attempt – to receive support and encouragement every step of the way from some of the nation’s top comedians.

To stand a better chance of quitting, South Tyneside residents are encouraged to sign up together, as evidence reveals ‘social quitting’ can improve people’s chances of stopping.

Lisa Surtees, acting director of Fresh, said: “Making a pact to quit with your partner or a friend is a great way to really boost your chances of kicking tobacco once and for all.

“That support can make all the difference and keep you going.”

Councillor Moira Smith, South Tyneside council’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “In South Tyneside lung cancer is our biggest killer and if more people stop smoking many more lives could be saved.

“Please remember you don’t have to go it alone and Stoptober is a great opportunity to take that first step to a healthier you.”

To sign up search Stoptober online or visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober

People are four times more likely to succeed with NHS support, with help available through pharmacies, GP, or call Change4Life on 0191 424 7300.