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Stoptober

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Stoptober is back, and this year, the national campaign has enrolled the country’s top comedians to help smokers quit cigarettes for good this October - The 28-day challenge starts on Tuesday 1st October.

 

Smoking is no laughing matter and neither is quitting, but top British comedians including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray, Simon Brodkin (aka Lee Nelson, Jason Bent and Dr Bob) and Andi Osho will lend a helping hand. Together they will be bringing a touch of humour to help quitters through this difficult and daunting challenge.

 

The month long stop smoking programme will include daily messages of motivation, persuasion and distraction, as well as jokes, tips and content for digital users.

 

The 2013 campaign saw 250,000 people across the country take part and 65% of those successfully quitting for 28 days. In Bedford Borough 684 people signed up to take part, and this year we’re hoping even more will get involved.

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive Member for Adults’ Services and Community Wellbeing at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Stoptober has proved to offer all the support that smokers may need to take the first step to stop smoking for good. Quitting smoking can be a difficult process, but successfully quitting has significant health, monetary and social benefits. While smoking rates have declined over past decades, smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in the country - accounting for over 80,000 deaths in England a year.”

 

Muriel Scott, Director of Public Health at Bedford Borough Council, said: “It’s a fact that, with our support, smokers who successfully make it through the first 28 days are 5 times more likely to stay smokefree for good! Taking part is the first step to a healthier life and future, I would encourage those who are thinking about quitting to get involved by calling the Stop Smoking Service now.”

 

Stoptober provides smokers with a range of free tools including a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app, text support with daily updates, quitting advice and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media channels.

 

For free support, a tailored 12-week quit plan and products such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Champix (at a prescription charge), contact 0800 013 0553 and select option 2’.

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