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Latest figures reveal 11% of Crawley adults are smokers

The figures come ahead of Stoptober, a 28-day stop smoking challenge starting in October.

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New figures released by West Sussex County Council indicate that around 11% of adults in Crawley still smoke.

The number (from the Office for National Statistics) comes ahead of the nationwide Stoptober campaign which will encourage local residents to stub out smoking for good.

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The figures reveal that an estimated 16.3% of Crawley men are smokers compared with 5.7% of women.

Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England which begins on October 1, has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date. It’s the biggest mass quit attempt in the country, and is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay permanently smokefree.

Estimates suggest that 12.8% of adults in West Sussex still smoke – the lowest level on record – which means the 11% figure for Crawley is slightly better than the county as a whole. However manual workers are twice as likely to smoke than the population as a whole. Some areas of the county have higher smoking rates: an estimated 17.5% of adults in Mid Sussex smoke, while in Horsham this is just 9%.

Find the figure for your area below:

Across the UK, 15.1% of people aged 18 years and above still smoke, 17% of men and 13.3% of women.

West Sussex Stop smoking services offer tailored advice on how best to quit using a variety of methods, including e-cigarettes. Research has shown that those who get expert support from local stop smoking services are up to four times as likely to quit for good than those who try to quit unaided. In 2016/17 more than 50% of those accessing the successfully quit, the highest quit rate in the last 4 years.

Those who have been successful in kicking the habit are more likely to have used a combination of quit methods.

This year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them – with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.

Stoptober also offers a range of extra free quitting support including a Stoptober app, a Facebook messenger service that sends helpful updates, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.

The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.

“Our message to residents is please don’t delay any longer and take that first step to improving your long-term health for you, and your family.

“One way to kick-start your quit attempt would be to book an appointment with a stop smoking advisor today  A full list of venues offering stop smoking support is available on the West Sussex Wellbeing website.

“Become part of the movement and join thousands this Stoptober who are determined to become smoke free.”

If you’re looking for support to stop smoking, contact your local stop smoking service which you can find at www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/smokingservices.

For more information on the Stoptober campaign, to download the app or access the online resources, visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober

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Neurokinex Gatwick wins national award

Neurokinex Gatwick – a leading provider of activity-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injury – has won the 2018 National Fitness Awards’ Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year category.

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Four members of the 10-strong team were at the Award ceremony on Friday November 30th to receive the Award.

The Best Rehabilitation Facility category is open to gyms and sites who are dedicated purely to the rehabilitation market and/or who employ specially trained consultants to deal with GP referrals. Neurokinex was chosen as a finalist from 100s of entries and was up against four other finalists.

Neurokinex underwent a rigorous assessment process, which involved a site visit by a member of the awards’ team who toured the facility, chatted to clients and staff and examined all areas of the business. Detailed reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel which decided the winners.

Neurokinex Gatwick team receives National Fitness Award for Best Rehabilitation Facility

“I am very proud and happy that our Gatwick team has won this very important award,”

says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the entire team. We know our ground-breaking protocols and activity-based rehabilitation therapies are redefining possibilities for adults and children with spinal cord injury. But to have this independent validation from industry experts that our work is of a national award-winning quality is an honour: I am delighted our work has been recognised this way.”

Neurokinex www.neurokinex.org is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.

The Gatwick site, which opened in 2016, sets out to redefine possibilities for people with a spinal cord injury.

Its programmes stimulate and load the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises with the assistance of skilled therapists. Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment.

This offers people a multitude of benefits including improvements in neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.

“Neurokinex stood out to us as a life-changing facility which combines cutting edge tech with highly-skilled and compassionate trainers,” says Judith Halkerston, Event Director, National Fitness Awards.

“It is evident that Neurokinex is changing the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Its broad client base of adults and children as young as 18 months, plus international clients who are travelling to the facility for this treatment, proves that it is offering something very special indeed. They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish them continued success going forwards.”

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