Free gym pass for smokers who quit for Stoptober

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LEISURE bosses are backing a campaign to stop people smoking.

Peterlee Leisure Centre and Seaham Leisure Centre are supporting Stoptober – a 28-day challenge to stub out the habit – by offering a free three-day gym pass to those that quit.

To claim a pass, smokers must bin their last packet of cigarettes at one of the centres.

Malcolm Grinstead, contract manager at Peterlee and Seaham Leisure Centres, said: “This is a fantastic Government campaign and we’re proud to be supporting it.

“Smoking accounts for one in four cancer deaths, so it’s vital that work continues to support smokers to quit.

“We hope our local residents take full advantage of our offer during Stoptober.

“It’s key that smokers don’t give up trying to give up – and we want to be on hand for those looking for that little bit of support.”

Research has shown that people who manage to stop smoking for a month are more likely to not start again.