'Worrying levels' of teenage girls taking up smoking as Stopober starts in Cumbria (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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'Worrying levels' of teenage girls taking up smoking as Stopober starts in Cumbria
2:27pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
HEALTH campaigners are calling on people to sign up to take part in Stoptober – a mass 28-day stop smoking challenge throughout October.
Smoking is a major killer with half of Cumbria's 90,000 long-term smokers expected to die early from a smoking-related disease.
The campaign launches as UK statistics show that the incidence of lung cancer continues to increase in women but is decreasing for men.
The research highlights an increasing focus on the impact that smoking is having on the health of women and young girls in the UK.
Coun Patricia Bell, cabinet member for public health and communities at Cumbria County Council, said: "I encourage every smoker in Cumbria to give up for Stoptober 2013. This will not only benefit your health but also your pocket. If you can quit smoking for 28 days then you are five times more likely to quit for good.
"It isn't too late to sign up and support will be available throughout October to quitters. This includes the 28-day Stoptober App and text support which provide daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people all quitting together."
Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing for Public Health England, said: “Nationally, we are seeing worrying levels of smoking among teenage girls and women which is clearly having an impact on their health and reported cases of lung cancer in this group.
"That is why a campaign such as Stoptober is so important. If smokers can stop for 28-days they are five times more likely to be able remain smokefree for good, and we would encourage all smokers to give it a go and dramatically improve their long and short term health."
For more information and to sign up visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober or call Cumbria's stop smoking services on 01900-324222.
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