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  • MP ENCOURAGES SMOKERS WHO WANT TO KICK THE HABIT TO TRY STOPTOBER

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is promoting the NHS and Public Health England (PHE) Stoptober campaign which encourages smokers to kick the habit. A former smoker himself, who gave up many years ago, Mr Stride was involved in the campaign for plain cigarette packaging before it became law in 2017. Statistics show that if someone can give up smoking for 28 days they are 5 times as likely to give up for good. The campaign begins today (01/10/18) and has so far supported 1.7 million people in their quest to give up smoking through a variety of methods, including free quitting support.


    Mr Stride said:


    “Smoking rates have halved since 1974 with fewer than 1 in 5 adults in the UK now smoking. But this still represents 9.1 million adults who are at greater risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions, some of which may be fatal. As a former smoker myself I know it isn’t easy, but it can be done. Stoptober is a great initiative and I encourage anyone who wants to kick the habit to get involved.”


    Smoking prevalence is highest in the 25-34 age group (24%) and lowest amongst those aged 60 and over (10%). There were nearly half a million hospital admissions attributable to smoking in 2016/17 and smoking is responsible for around 80,000 deaths a year. In Devon the smoking rate is 13.5% - slightly below the England average of 14.9%.







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