Stoptober is here – back for its third year the campaign urges people to smile instead of smoke and ‘quit’ through October.

Back for its third year the Stoptober campaign urges people to smile instead of smoke and ‘quit’ through October.

Research has shown that if you quit for four weeks you are more likely to stop for good. Stick to the pledge and there’s a good chance you will stop altogether.

Top comedians including Paddy McGuiness and Al Murray are on board with the Public Health England campaign and will help people get through the challenge with humour.

Cllr Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, said: “Stoptober is perfect for motivating people who have wanted to quit for a while and just haven’t found the right time.

“Anyone who is up for the challenge will get plenty of help both nationally and from Yorkshire Smokefree in Sheffield, which launched a new service this month offering people more options to quit their way.”

Yorkshire Smokefree in Sheffield, which is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, offers smokers the chance to pick and mix their support from face to face, telephone and online support using its innovative new online quit programme.

Valerie Bream quit smoking with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree in Sheffield. She said: “I tried to stop smoking several times before because I couldn’t breathe or walk about. Now I have quit my breathing is much better than it has been for years. The quality of my life has improved. My advice would be, don’t try quitting on your own – get expert help.”

Claire Holden, service manager at Yorkshire Smokefree in Sheffield, added: “Our tailored support means you can find a way of quitting that suits you. Having our online support available 24/7, convenient and local face to face support, and our friendly advisors on the end of the phone seven days a week means you’re more likely to quit with our continued and accessible advice.

“Giving up smoking benefits your life in so many ways – from improving your health to leaving you with a bit of extra money each month to do the things you enjoy. If you’re thinking about quitting for Stoptober, contact us and we can help you quit for good.”

You can visit the website www.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk or call 0800 6120011 (free from landlines) or 0330 660 1166 (free from most mobiles) for more information.

To pledge your 28 days smokefree for Stoptober visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree