Fire Service backs Stoptober 2017!

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is once again getting behind Stoptober, the national campaign from Public Health England urging smokers to quit for the month of October.

Research shows that by the time you have quit for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good. Stoptober is now in its sixth year having driven more than a million quit attempts to date. Last year’s campaign was very successful; in Warwickshire 3,963 people made the attempt to quit smoking for good and 1,681 were successful in their attempts. This year, it is hoped that even more will take up the challenge to quit smoking during October.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Fire Prevention and Arson Manager, Moreno Francioso said: “This week is not only the start of Stoptober but is also Home Safety Week 2017. Careless handling and disposal of cigarettes is the single biggest killer in house fires- every six days someone dies from a fire caused by cigarettes or smoking materials- and we want to see this number reduced. We would like to urge as many people as possible to take up the challenge to quite smoking and take full advantage of the help and resources Stoptober offers.”

Warwickshire County Councillor Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “The Stoptober campaign has helped thousands of residents across Warwickshire kick the habit for good. The harmful effects of smoking go beyond your health; it also increases the chances of having a fire in your home. We understand that not every smoker wants to stop, but Stoptober provides people with a great opportunity to think about the benefits of quitting for good, both for their health and safety in the home. We would like to encourage as many people as possible to take up the challenge.”

For more information, search ‘Stoptober’ online and choose the package of support that will help you quit for good, including details of your local stop smoking services.

Warwickshire stop smoking services provide the most effective help and support to ‘quit for good’ meaning you are four times more likely to quit for good than going it alone. Visit https://quit4good.warwickshire.gov.uk/, to find your local stop smoking service.

For more information on fire safety in the home, visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/homefiresafety