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Smokers and organisations across the North East are being urged to join in for Stoptober 2013 - the nation’s largest quitting event.


Stoptober is a 28 day initiative from Public Health England Department of Health and supported by Fresh, encouraging smokers to make a quit attempt starting on October 1.


Research shows those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay quit. Friends, families, employers and work colleagues can also make a real difference to support people to stop for the whole of October and beyond.


Every council in the North East has backed the campaign, while some of the major regional organisations backing Stoptober include Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Durham University, Newcastle University, the University of Sunderland, Greggs, International Paint, Bellway Homes, Nike, Boots, Durham and Cleveland Constabularies, South Tyneside Homes, Gentoo, Home Housing and Port of Tyne.


The Northern TUC has also backed the campaign through the Better Health at Work Awards scheme.