– Lynn Stanley, Stop Smoking Services Manager
This is one of the busiest times of year for us as people return from summer holidays and want to make a fresh attempt at giving up smoking before Christmas. By doing this they can avoid another year as a smoker, and have some extra cash. Stoptober is a great way to set a date to stop alongside friends and family and with the additional encouragement of other smokers doing the same.”
– Barbara Janke, Bristol City Councillor
Tackling smoking is one of our biggest priorities to help people in Bristol lead more healthy lives. Campaigns such as Stoptober, along with the support provided by local stop smoking services, play a huge role in helping people to stop. We want every smoker to consider making a quit attempt this October and join the hundreds of people who are feeling the benefits from stopping smoking in Bristol last year.”
A giant red ball is being pushed through Bristol today as part of a stop smoking campaign. Research shows that smoking is the biggest killer in the UK with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.
An ex-smoker will be running 28 miles around the city as part of the campaign Stoptober.
Our presenter Kylie Pentelow interviews Alison Birkett from Cancer Research UK about disturbing figures about children in our region taking up smoking.
A new study has revealed that almost 2,000 fewer patients are being admitted to hospital for emergency treatment for asthma since smokefree legislation was introduced in 2007.
Researchers based at Bath University found there was an immediate 4.9 per cent reduction in emergency hospital admissions for asthma in adults. It implies almost 1,900 admissions were prevented during the first year after legislation was introduced and a similar number in the subsequent two years.
People who smoke roll-ups are being targeted as part of a New Year campaign by Smokefree South West.
The campaign aims to dispel the myth that they are less harmful than manufactured cigarettes. More than 4,000 toxic chemicals are inhaled when smoking a roll up.
It's been 50 years since the Royal College of Physicians first published a report officially linking smoking to health problems. The decades that followed have seen public opinion on the habit change beyond recognition.
But the industry has left a significant legacy in Bristol where the tobacco trade was once at the heart of the local economy.
A look back at Bob Constantine's report from June 2008 when it was announced that Bristol's last tobacco factory was to close.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the first RCP smoking and health report.