Cllr Tom Wye, Worthing Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, is quitting smoking for Stoptober. England’s mass 28 day stop smoking attempt is back on October 1st 2013 following its huge success last year which saw 160,000 people complete the challenge.
At a national level overall 20% of adults still smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.
Someone who quits smoking for Stoptober, and doesn’t smoke again, could gain an extra seven days of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life. A person stopping smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal.
Along with the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year. During last year’s Stoptober campaign, a staggering £25 million was saved by the 160,000 people from not buying cigarettes.
Tom Wye said: “I have been a smoker since I was a teenager so this year I have decided to take up the 28 day stop smoking challenge and will be raising money for my chosen charity, Guild Care.
As you know Guild Care is a local charity serving Worthing and surrounding areas with an extensive range of innovative services for older people, people with dementia, carers and children with special needs.
If you would like to sponsor me on my journey please donate via my just giving page: www.justgiving.com/WellbeingHubs”