‘We are fully supporting the campaign’

An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district.'Dr Furber.'w0473b950
An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district.'Dr Furber.'w0473b950

A campaign has been launched to help smokers kick the habit next month.

People who sign up for Stoptober will get support and advice on how to give up smoking – the biggest cause of premature death across the Wakefield district.

The NHS scheme is supported by Wakefield Council, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Dr Andrew Furber, the district’s director of public health, said: “We are fully supporting this important campaign as smoking remains the biggest cause of premature death in the Wakefield area and is responsible for the loss of more than 8,000 lives every year.

“People who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke free, so use this opportunity to join many others who want to lead a healthier lifestyle and receive support and encouragement throughout the month.”

To take part in Stoptober visit www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk or to find out more about smoking visit www.wakefieldstopsmoking.co.uk