SMOKERS are being encouraged to quit as part of the national smoking campaign Stoptober.
Chichester Wellbeing is backing the campaign which is supported by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.
Around 19 per cent of adults in the Chichester district smoke.
Elaine Thomas, Chichester Wellbeing manager, said: ‘We are fully supporting this important campaign as smoking remains the UK’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.
‘People who stop for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smokefree. So use this opportunity to join many others who want to lead a healthier lifestyle and receive support and encouragement throughout the month.’
Along with the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year.
For more information about quitting smoking and Stoptober call 01243 521041 or go to chichesterwellbeing.org.uk.