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Borough health workers get ball rolling on Stoptober smoking challenge
5:00pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
DUDLEY health campaigners got the ball rolling on a month-long initiative to help people quit smoking.
Members of the borough's stop smoking service spent four days pushing a giant ball between shopping centres throughout the borough to publicise October's Stoptober challenge.
During Stoptober people will be urged to kick the habit for 28 days with help from specialists in pharmacies, GP surgeries or at stop smoking groups.
Councillor Stuart Turner, Dudley cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “In Dudley 18.5 per cent of adults still smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.
"Campaigns like Stoptober, along with support from local stop smoking services, play a huge role in helping people to quit”.
Smokers who give up for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good and kicking a 20-a-day habit will save a smoker £52.50 each week.
The giant ball push also helped raise cash for the Mayor of Dudley's chosen charities - White House Cancer Support Dudley and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Mayor of Dudley, cllr Alan Finch, said: “Life is precious and you can gain up to seven days for every 28 you remain smokefree. I hope many local smokers will take part in this challenge as it is a first step to a longer and healthier life”.
For help to stop smoking call the Dudley Stop Smoking Service on 0800 0850 652.
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