Updated: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 @ 5:07am

'Let’s do it for the children!' Bury nursery manager urges parents to quit smoking for Stoptober

'Let’s do it for the children!' Bury nursery manager urges parents to quit smoking for Stoptober

By Danielle Wainwright

The first day of Stoptober saw smokers taking on the challenge as a Bury nursery manager urged parents to bin the cigarettes for the sake of their children.

Jo Crankshaw, Senior Early Years Manager at Ambers Attic children’s nursery in Radcliffe organised a mass quitting event after she decided to kick her 20 a day habit.

After Jo injured her knee she took up smoking spending almost £3,000 a year on cigarettes. She developed a chesty cough and has decided to involve 100 prents and staff of the nursery to quit with her.

Jo said: “I used to compete in a lot of sports, however I now smoke 20 a day at the cost of £8 which equates to a monthly cost of £243.

“I decided that I wanted to quit when I developed a chesty cough and I thought that instead of quitting on my own I wanted to involve the whole community. 

“Quitting as a community, rather than on your own, is a lot easier and it contributes to my aim of providing a smokefree future for children.

Jo also enlisted the help of Tobacco Free Futures and described the response as ‘phenomenal.’

”Together I am confident we can quit together for the duration of October and beyond.  It will be great to know that I will be helping the other parents save money, improve their health and help protect their children,” she added.

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