Date: 11 September 2015
Launched in 2012, Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England that encourages and supports smokers across England towards quitting for good.
Dr Mark Essop, local GP and Clinical Lead at NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said local people should plan ahead and sign up
to Stoptober now so that they are ready to quit smoking from 1 October.
“If you smoke, giving up is the biggest single step you can take to improve your health and if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to remain smoke free,” he said. “I encourage anyone who wants to give up smoking to sign up for Stoptober.”
Help to quit is available free from GPs, pharmacists and other local services and includes face to face support, a support pack, an app, emails, texts,
nicotine replacement and other medication. Specially trained staff can help you to choose which of these would best suit you.
If you have not managed to quit in the past you should keep trying. Many people make several attempts to stop smoking before they quit for good. Even if you think you have tried everything, you may find that, with the right advice, there are new options available to you.
More than 250,000 smokers across England and Wales were estimated to have stubbed out their cigarettes for Stoptober in 2014.
Smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England, and half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely due to a
Giving up smoking increases your chances of living a longer and healthier life, even if you’ve smoked for 40 years.
You can sign up for Stoptober now and start planning your quitting journey, along with the thousands of others who are expected to quit on 1 October.
To sign up for Stoptober, simply search “Stoptober” in your search engine.
For details of your local Stop Smoking Service in Bromley:
Call 0800 587 8821, text QUIT to 88010, or
visit www.smokefreebromley.co.uk for more information.
Stoptober, the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, is returning next month and Bromley residents who smoke are being encouraged to sign up for it now.