Smokers are being urged to break their unhealthy relationship with cigarettes as part of the national Stoptober campaign.
New figures show that although smoking rates in West Sussex remain low, more than one in four (27.6%) of the county’s manual workers are current smokers.
An estimated 87,000 adults in the county are smokers, according to statistics revealed by West Sussex County Council’s Public Health team.
Across the county, Adur, Crawley and Worthing have the highest local rates of smoking, while Horsham has the lowest.
Stoptober is a national campaign which has so far supported more than 1.9 million people in England on their journey to quit. This year Stoptober is encouraging smokers to ‘split up’ with smoking.
It is based on the insight that people are five times more likely to quit for good if they can stop smoking for 28-days.
The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “The evidence shows that people are more likely to stop smoking for good if they have professional support rather than going it alone. Free advice is available from trained stop smoking advisors across West Sussex which makes Stoptober the perfect time to kick the habit, even if you have tried before.
“The West Sussex Wellbeing Website has lots of useful advice as well as details of venues that provide support to help people who want to ‘break-up’ with smoking.”
To find your nearest GP surgery, pharmacy or wellbeing team offering support to stop smoking, visit www.westsussexwellbeing.org.
To access a range of free self-serve stop smoking tools, visit the Stoptober website at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-