The number of smokers in Tameside has increased during the pandemic with smokers encouraged to take part in Stoptober or to contact their Free NHS Stop Smoking Service in an attempt to kick the habit for good.
Tameside Council is supporting Stoptober which is back to launch its 10th mass quit attempt on 1 October, calling on smokers in Tameside to join the 2.3 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago in 2012.
Current data shows smoking rates in Tameside have increased from 17% in 2018/19 to 18% in 2019/20.
In Tameside there are around 32,000 adults, aged 18+, who smoke. Among routine and manual workers the proportion of 18-64 year olds who smoke is 28.8%, this is a slight decrease on 2018/19 (28.9%)
Over 6 million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the leading cause of premature death1
, with almost 75,000 preventable deaths a year2
A new nationwide survey of 2,000 current smokers released today has found that nearly half (45%) have been smoking more since the first lockdown began3
. Key reasons reported are being bored in the lockdowns (43%) or the pandemic making them more anxious (42%)4
What’s more, data from the monthly UCL Smoking Toolkit Study indicates a large increase in smoking among the under-35s since the coronavirus pandemic, up from 18% in 2019 to 24% now5
As a result of increased smoking behaviours, this year's Stoptober mass quit attempt is more important than ever, with quitting remaining one of the best things a smoker can do for their health.
That’s why this year’s Stoptober campaign is encouraging smokers to join the thousands of others who are giving quitting a go for the month of October, and getting to experience the benefits of giving up smoking including being able to start moving better, being able to breathe more easily and saving money.
Smokers in Tameside can get FREE stop smoking support through Be Well Tameside, which is a free NHS Stop Smoking Service offering one-to-one support to help make lifestyle changes to improve overall health and wellbeing with regular contact and support, practical tips, information on local groups and help to access other local services. Telephone: 0161 716 2000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stoptober offers a range of free quitting tools including: the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan. The Personal Quit Plan helps people find a combination of support that’s right for them, including expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and stop smoking aids.
Join the thousands of others and start your quitting journey this October. Visit ‘Stoptober
’ for more information and free tools to help you quit.
Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Population Health, Councillor Eleanor Wills, said:
“Giving up smoking is one of the best things smokers can do to live a longer and healthier life.
“In Tameside we’d love to see an end to smoking.
“I hope that smokers will attempt to quit by taking up the offer of free support available from Be Well Tameside and from using the Stoptober tools and resources available.”