Stoptober surpasses expectations in region

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ALMOST 25,000 people in the south east joined Stoptober – the first ever 28-day mass smoking quit bid, new figures show.

In total 24,869 people in the region requested a pack to help them quit smoking and more than 450 people attended local roadshows.

Nationally more than a quarter of a million people signed up to quit – exceeding all expectations for the campaign.

Health Minister Anna Soubry said: ‘Stoptober may have been a great success, but half of all smokers will die because of their habit. We know that most smokers want to give up, which is why we must keep encouraging them to make that step.

‘I congratulate everyone in the south east who gave up for Stoptober – it’s a fantastic achievement. They are five times more likely to give up for good after 28 days and I hope they will.

‘For those who didn’t manage to stop for Stoptober, I would urge them to keep at it. People can start their own 28-day quit challenge at any time. ‘