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Stop smoking campaign arrives in Yate

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Published: 09/09/2014

The SmokeFree team with comedian Chris Purchase and a giant red balloon with the word stop on it.

The SmokeFree team with comedian Chris Purchase

Smokers in Yate were encouraged to take the 28-day Stoptober Challenge and quit smoking for good at an event held in the shopping centre today. The Stoptober campaign launched earlier this week and urges smokers who are thinking about stopping to sign up for the challenge ready for the start date on Wednesday 1 October. You will receive support via email and texts to help you succeed in what is well known to be a tough task. During the roadshow event at Yate Shopping Centre, 30 people made a pledge to join other smokers across England and Wales for a quit attempt. If you want to stop smoking and you would like to take the Stoptober Challenge you can come and talk to one of our friendly advisors at a shopping centre near you and find out how you can be supported to stay quit for good. We will be at shopping centres across the district on the following dates:

  • Kingswood shopping centre on Friday 12 September between 10am and 4pm
  • Fountain Square, Staple Hill on Saturday 13 September between 10am and 4pm
  • The Parade, Patchway on Friday 19 September between 5pm and 9pm.

Alternatively, you can contact us for a free appointment by calling 01454 865502 or emailing Dr Mark Pietroni, South Gloucestershire Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Last year’s Stoptober campaign was a huge success with over 250,000 people in England and Wales taking part. Over 65 per cent of people taking the challenge reached 28 days – making them five times more likely to quit for good so if you want help to stop smoking join us for Stoptober. “The benefits of quitting are well known, but smokers who have quit the habit know that while it can be hard to overcome the cravings, the pay-off is certainly worth it and after just 28 days smokers will start to feel the financial, physical and health benefits, including better sense of taste and smell and a reduced risk of lung cancer and heart disease.” This is the third year of Stoptober, which is run nationally by Public Health England. The 28-day target is based on research that indicates that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay quit. This year’s Stoptober campaign is using comedy to engage smokers and help them through their 28-day smokefree challenge, and stay quit for good. Mirroring the national theme of using comedy to help you get through the month-long challenge, we will be joined by comedian Chris Purchase who will be talking to shoppers and encouraging them to sign up to Stoptober. Last year, more than 1,300 people in South Gloucestershire took part, with 88 per cent who received Stoptober support making a quit attempt. If you want to quit this Stoptober, search ‘Stoptober’ online and sign up to the 28 day quit challenge. For advice and support along the way contact Smokefree South Gloucestershire on 01454 865502 or email Visit

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