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Oldham Athletic Backs Stoptober Campaign

8 October 2014

Oldham's Stop Smoking Service has teamed up with Oldham Athletic to encourage people to kick their smoking habit as part of Stoptober.

Players showed their support for the national campaign, which is run by Public Health England, that aims to encourage as many smokers as possible to quit.

The campaign is supported by the borough's Stop Smoking Service, provided by the public health team from Oldham Council and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Already more than 250,000 people across the country are taking part.

Steve Winfield, Specialist Stop Smoking Practitioner, will be on hand offering advice in the Main Stand at the SportsDirect.com Park stadium on Saturday, October 11, during the game against Walsall from 3pm.

The number of smokers accounts for 24.5 per cent of the borough's population, which is higher than the national average of 19.8 per cent.

Smoking costs the borough's public services tens’ of millions of pounds every year through early death, illness, litter and fires associated with smoking.

Councillor Jenny Harrison, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: "We're really pleased that Oldham Athletic have joined forces with us in supporting Stoptober and are letting us provide help and support to people who want to kick the habit.

"Research shows you're five times more likely to give up with the help and support of stop smoking experts and that's what Stoptober is all about."

Wendy Noble, Oldham Athletic Community Trust Administration Manager, said: "We're delighted to back this important campaign as we take the health of our fans very seriously.

"We know the risks of smoking, but it can be very difficult to stop. We will try our best to help those quitters stay off the cigarettes for good."

Lianne Davies, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, added: "Taking part in Stoptober or even giving yourself a target date to quit is a great way to have a goal and will help you stop smoking for good.

"It will be tough, but there is a lot of support locally to help you along the way, and you will see your quality of life improve.

"So join the thousands already taking part who are already taking a healthier step in the right direction."

Anyone who wants to quit is urged to contact Oldham’s stop smoking team on 0161 621 7128 or find out more online by visiting: www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk

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