Lincolnshire’s 148,000 smokers offered free specialist help to quit with 28 day Stoptober challenge

Lincolnshire has one of the highest percentage of smokers within its population in the country and a programme of free specialist assistance is being offered to help them quit during the annual Stoptober campaign.

One You Lincolnshire can help 100,000 people quit smoking in Lincolnshire this month during Stoptober. EMN-200929-101548001

There are an estimated 148,000 smokers in Lincolnshire which, as a percentage of population averages at 19.4 per cent - nearly one in five -among the highest for any region in the country.

Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, begins again on Thursday, October 1.

It has driven over a million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit smoking attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good.

One You Lincolnshire can help you stop smoking and cut down on your drinking during Stoptober month. EMN-200929-101602001

The 28 Day Challenge is being run in the region by the One You Lincolnshire programme, which includes access to its on-line and telephone support service. It is based on a system designed at the University of California and is evidence-based and supported by research.

Participants who sign up will receive regular support calls from a team of specialist ‘Quit Coaches’ and can be supported with nicotine replacement therapy if necessary, to give participants the best chance of going smoke-free for good. Participants have been shown to be up to four times more likely to quit smoking with the support of One You Lincolnshire.

“Statistics show us that around 68 per cent of regular smokers want to quit. That means there could be around 101,000 smokers in Lincolnshire who want to give up. This 28 day programme gives them the perfect opportunity to do so,” explains Rebecca Anderson, Smoking Cessation Lead at One You Lincolnshire.

“We have already seen with previous participants that within 48 hours your ability to taste and smell improves; breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase after 72 hours; after a month, your appearance improves, and between three and nine months after stopping coughs and breathing problems improve as your lung function is increased by up to 10 per cent. It’s got to be worth giving it a go.”

Recent studies have also shown that more than a third of us put on weight during lockdown and more than a quarter drank more. This means that, against the backdrop of the second Covid wave, there has never been a better time to begin improving your health, fitness and wellbeing in other ways. One You Lincolnshire offers other programmes for local residents around weight management, eating more healthily, reducing alcohol intake and becoming more physically active.

Anyone interested in quitting smoking with the support of One You Lincolnshire can call them on 01522 705 162 or sign up at www.oneyoulincolnshire.org.uk.