The Stoptober of 2014 will be supported and promoted by famous TV presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness and his team: Andi Osho, Al Murray, Simon Brodkin. Stoptober offers a number of free tools for everyone who wants to quit.
The anti-smoking campaign starts in October and is organized by North East councils and anti-smoking charity Fresh. It will last 28 days. During the campaign smokers will be encouraged by a group of comedians to try to stop smoking for a month. Past releases of Stoptober helped almost 22,000 smokers in the North East to quit.
The main task of Paddy McGuinness and his team is to encourage smokers to use free quit smoking support starting from October 1. According to head of Freash, Ailsa Rutter, Stoptober had a big success in past years and this year is expected to show a greater success. People are encouraged to support their friends, family and co-workers who want to quit. Support plays a very important role in quitting, because it helps to ease the difficult process of quitting.
Quitting smoking reduces chances of smoking-related diseases, improves general health condition and helps to save money, because cigarettes in the USA are becoming more expensive. However, smokers say that they buy cigarettes online and that is a perfect opportunity to save their money.
Experts say that smokers who do not use cigarettes for a month have a greater chance to quit forever.
Carole Wood, chief of public health for Gateshead Council, told that in Gateshead around 5,000 residents used in 2013 stop smoking services. Studies show that smokers achieve a great success in quitting if they access stop smoking support.