Published On: Mon, Sep 8th, 2014 on 2:01 pm

Comedians urging residents to swap fags for gags this Stoptober

Stoptober 2014 Al Murray

Al Murray lends his support to Stoptober

The countdown to Stoptober 2014 has begun with smokers being urged to turn to comedy and fight the urges.

Top British comedians including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray, Simon Brodkin (aka Lee Nelson, Jason Bent and Dr Bob) and Andi Osho are to bring a touch of British humour to help quitters ahead of the 28-day stop smoking challenge starting on 1 October.

Today, a three-minute television sketch will broadcast during the Emmerdale ad break, fronted by leading comedy line-up and surprise guests.

It will then be followed by a three-week recruitment campaign to get as many smokers as possible in West Yorkshire to get ready to quit.

Comedians will also be travelling across the country as part of a nationwide roadshow running from today to 11 October to drive more people to get involved in Stoptober and share their own humorous experiences of quitting smoking or supporting others.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer backing the Stoptober campaign, said: “We know the idea of giving up smoking can be daunting, but Stoptober has proved itself to be a fantastic platform for people to quit and offers all the support that smokers may need to take the first step to stopping for good.

“With support from this year’s line up of comedians we are asking anyone who wants to quit to join the thousands of others and take up the challenge and give Stoptober a go, stop smoking and start smiling.”

Last year’s campaign saw 250,000 people across the country take part and 65% of them successfully quit for 28 days.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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