Stop – in the name of your health. That’s the message as Stoptober kicks off in a bid to encourage thousands to give up smoking this month.
The campaign, which aims to encourage smokers to quit during October, was launched in Leeds at Kirkgate Market by Coun Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for health and wellbeing, with a giant stop sign.
She said: “We know more than one in five adults in Leeds still smoke and it is a priority for Leeds to reduce this number. For some areas of the least well off parts of the city, such as Middleton, that figure rises far higher.
“We know if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober is a great opportunity to achieve this. You could also be saving over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year, so it is good for the health of your bank balance as well as your body.”
Smoking is the UK’s biggest killer with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely.
Emmerdale star Kelsey-Beth Crossley, who plays Scarlett Nicholls, has designed a stop sign now on display at Wakefield Market.
She said: “I have wanted to stop smoking for a long time now and Stoptober provides me with the best platform to quit, because of the sense of community support. As an actress and singer I know smoking is not good for the voice, so hopefully Stoptober is the boost I need to stop for good.”