County Council and fire service backing national Stoptober campaign

West Sussex County Council and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are urging smokers to quit smoking this Stoptober.


Release date: 5 October 2021

West Sussex County Council and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are urging smokers to quit smoking this Stoptober.

Stoptober is back and launched its 10th mass quit attempt earlier this month, calling on smokers in England to join the 2.3 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it first launched a decade ago.

Over the past 10 years, 46% of fire deaths within the county have been caused by smoking. However, despite the huge fire risk that smoking poses, an estimated 10% of adults in West Sussex remain smokers.

Stoptober is based on the insight that people are five times more likely to quit for good if they can stop smoking for 28-days.

The county council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, Bob Lanzer, said: “Giving up cigarettes is the best thing smokers can do to improve their health, stay safe from fire and better their finances, though many find it tough or aren’t sure about the best way to successfully quit, Stoptober is the perfect time to start.

“It’s never too late to quit smoking. Whether you’ve attempted to quit before, been thinking about it for a while, or are only just considering stopping. There are lots of different support options and tools available, so you can find the right way to quit for you.

“The evidence shows that people are more likely to stop smoking for good if they have professional support rather than going it alone.”

The fire service’s Prevention Manager, Nathan Cross, added: “While there are a number of ways to keep yourself and your home safe from a smoking-related fire, the most effective form of fire safety is to quit.

“Quitting smoking carries a number of benefits to your health and wellbeing, and as a fire service we actively encourage residents to take those first steps and make a change.”

Stopping smoking doesn’t have to be stressful – you don’t have to go it alone. Local support is here ready to help you on your quitting journey. Trained advisors in local Wellbeing teams, GP surgeries and pharmacies can provide Covid-secure, tailored advice and support over the telephone.

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