Help to kick the habit during Stoptober

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Smokers are being encouraged to kick the habit this month as health bosses launch quit initiative Stoptober.

Smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in the Wakefield district, but people who quit for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free, say health chiefs.

Ambassador for the campaign is Emmerdale actress Kelsey-Beth Crossley, who designed a Stoptober plaque which was unveiled at Wakefield Market on Tuesday.

At the launch event Coun Pat Garbutt, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for adults and health, encouraged people to sign up for Stoptober, which is backed by Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation.

Coun Garbutt said: “We are fully supporting this important campaign as smoking remains the biggest cause of premature death in Wakefield.

“So use this opportunity to join many others who want to lead a healthier lifestyle and receive support and encouragement throughout the month.”

Smokers receive messages of support as part of Stoptober and a smartphone app can be downloaded from www.smokefree.nhs.uk for tips and advice.

Support packs are also available from GP surgeries and pharmacies. For more information log on to www.wakefieldstopsmoking.co.ukMonth