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'Stoptober' Quit Smoking Scheme Launches

Wednesday October 1 2014

HEALTH services in Barnsley are encouraging smokers to take part in this year's mass stop smoking campaign.

Barnsley has more smokers than anywhere else in Yorkshire. New figures have revealed nearly a quarter of adults smoke, putting it in the top fifty of 324 local authorities across the UK.

The 'Stoptober' campaign - launched by the Department of Health - helps smokers to give up cigarettes using a step-by-step programme of aids, expert advice and regular encouragement over 28 days.

Studies show that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you're five times more likely to stop smoking altogether.

Dr Nick Balac, GP and chair of NHS Barnsley CCG, said: "Smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in England, and each year it accounts for over 80,000 deaths in the UK.

"Stoptober is a great opportunity for Barnsley smokers to quit smoking for good."

The Yorkshire Smokefree service, run in Barnsley by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, are running weekly sessions in the hospital's restaurant from 10am until 2pm.

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Reply Posted by Observer on Thursday October 2 2014 at 05:48
Oooooweeeee. So what?? Im not a smoker. But for christs sake who pays for people to sit on their backsides to do such a survey? Whos bothered there are more smokers here?? More fun police. Let people enjoy life ,,,,!!!!!! Dear me.