Smokers are being urged to sign up to Stoptober with friends and family to help boost chances of quitting the habit.
With data showing that 20.3 per cent of adults across Yorkshire and The Humber smoke, Public Health England is urging them to sign up to Stoptober - the country’s 28 day mass quit attempt from Public Health England – to receive support and encouragement from some of the nation’s top comedians including Rhod Gilbert.
Corinne Harvey from PHE in Yorkshire and The Humber said: “Around 20,000 people from across Yorkshire and The Humber signed up for Stoptober last year and we want to encourage even more to join in this year.
“Quitting can be hard but signing up to Stoptober means you can choose the right support for you from the range of free, proven quitting support including packs, apps, emails and face-to-face to help you quit for 28 days and beyond.
“Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and reduce your chances of developing health problems in the future.
“You will start to feel the benefits straight away and if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to stay quit.
“Sign up today and get ready to start your quitting journey with our support on 1 October.”
Leeds has one of the highest number of smokers in the region at 21.6 per cent but 3,326 signed up to the campaign last year, compared to one of the lowest the East Riding with 14.2 per cent who light up and 1,032 Stoptobers.
Research shows that smokers are two thirds more likely to quit when their spouse stops smoking, and a third more likely to quit when a close friend or someone they work with stops.
To sign up visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober