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Hundreds of Cumbrians quit smoking during Stoptober
12:52pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
MORE than 1,000 people across Cumbria joined a quarter of a million people in the UK choosing to turn their back on cigarettes this month in the mass 28-day stop smoking challenge, Stoptober.
Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days can extend life by up to one week providing the quitter remains smokefree.
The new ex-smokers across Cumbria are celebrating their first steps towards a healthier, smokefree life, and if they succeed in quitting for good, could collectively add as much as 538 years of life to the population.
The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every four weeks. Stoptober would have saved them £141 each over four weeks, and if they remain smokefree, they could save £423 by Christmas and £1,696 in a year.
Collectively, if all Stoptober participants in the North West quit for the 28 days this month they would have saved over £3.9million.
Coun Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for public health and communities, said: "Stoptober has been a big success in Cumbria. As well as saving money, everyone that managed to stay smokefree will already be experiencing significant physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy.
"Longer term, these quitters will reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke."
It is not too late to start the 28-day challenge – for more information visit www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk or call Cumbria's stop smoking services for free information and advice on 01900-324222.
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