Northumbrian health staff urged to quit smoking

Comedian Rhod Gilbert.
Comedian Rhod Gilbert.

National Health Service staff in south east Northumberland are being encouraged to quit smoking as part of next month’s Stoptober campaign.

Staff at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust are being urged to sign up for the annual 28-day challenge, led by Public Health England.

Sally Faulkner, a health improvement specialist at the trust, said: “We know that if you can stop smoking for 28 days that you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.

“More than a quarter of a million people across the country signed up to Stoptober last year, with more than half making it to 28 days.”

This year’s campaign is being backed by celebrities including comedians Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray and Shappi Khorsandi.

To sign up, visit

A mobile phone app offering advice is available.

The Stoptober campaign offers smokers a range of resources and support to help them to quit.