Smokers encouraged to kick the habit during Stoptober

SIX million smokers across England are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, which begins on 1 October 2018.

The most successful quit attempts are made with a combination of methods, so this year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them.

Options include face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches, inhalers or lozenges, and e-cigarettes.

To date, Stoptober has driven 1.7 million quit attempts and success rates are at an all-time high.

Stoptober also offers a range of extra free quitting support including an app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and online communities.

Oldham Stop Smoking Service is also on hand to provide free, expert face-to-face support and guidance.

People who quit with the support of a stop smoking service adviser are four times more likely to successfully stop for good. You can call them on 0800 288 9008.

As part of Stoptober activities, the team will be in Oldham Town Centre on Wednesday, October 3 providing support and advice with partners from Positive Steps and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are working hard to improve the health of our residents.

“Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across Oldham to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in our area.

“There has never been a better time to stop smoking, with lots of help and support available.

“It doesn’t matter how many times you have tried before, call our specialist stop smoking advisers and take on the challenge this year.

“Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and with the help of Oldham Stop Smoking Service the campaign’s support and motivation I am sure we will have another successful Stoptober.”

Find out more about Stoptober on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober/

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