Support for 'Stoptober' campaign
12:23pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
OCTOBER 1 was the start of Stoptober, a mass 28-day stop smoking challenge in Wales and England.
A giant Stoptober wheel has been travelling around Wales raising awareness of the campaign and now dozens of companies and organisations have signed up in support.
Welsh Government Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: "I applaud all those that will be giving up smoking in October. Stopping smoking for 28 days means that you’re five times more likely to stop for good and the benefits will become clear in just a few weeks.
“People who give up smoking will not only reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer but they will also have financial benefits."
Dr Mike Knapton, associate director of prevention and care, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru, added: “The benefits of quitting smoking are enormous. Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your own heart health and those you love and live with."
Carol Owen, principal health promotion specialist and service lead for Stop Smoking Wales, said: “The benefits of giving up smoking are immediate, whatever your age. Within weeks your breathing will improve and the risk of serious illness starts going down.
“Stop Smoking Wales helps people who want to quit understand why they smoke, and our specialist advisers provide practical support. Thousands of people contact the service every year and, with our help, a good percentage quit the habit.
“So take the first step, sign up to Stoptober and pick up the phone to make an appointment with Stop Smoking Wales. The service is here to help you.”
For more information and to get support materials visit smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober and get ready for the 28-day smoke free challenge.