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Stoptober

BE 4 x TIMES MORE LIKELY TO QUIT THIS STOPTOBER!

 

The Bedfordshire Stop Smoking team will be out and about this October offering free, friendly advice to anyone who would like to give up smoking. This is part of the annual ‘Stoptober’ campaign which invites smokers to give up in the month of October, and hopefully for the months that follow!

 

Stoptober begins on the 1st October and evidence shows that quitting with the Bedfordshire Stop Smoking Service means individuals are 4 x more likely to quit.

 

Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Bedford Borough Council, said: “By inviting people to give up smoking in the month of October, we hope that  people might feel able to extend this to November, December and eventually for life. The health and financial benefits of quitting smoking are life-changing. We will support smokers every step of the way, from referral through to success.”

 

Cllr Maurice Jones, Executive Member for Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We understand that giving up smoking can be hard and daunting and that’s why Stoptober can act as an important catalyst towards stopping for good. It provides a platform to make that first step and, with people all over Bedfordshire and the country taking the challenge, it effectively offers a nationwide support network. Also, our dedicated Bedfordshire Stop Smoking Service is there for Stoptober and beyond to help smokers succeed in kicking the habit and make a positive change that will vastly improve their health.”

 

If you know anyone that would like support, please note that it is quick and easy to refer yourself or friends and family into the service. All you need to do is contact the Stop Smoking team on 0800 013 0553 who will take your details and book an appointment for you to see a specialist advisor at a time and place convenient to you.

 

During your first appointment, you can spend up to 30 minutes with your advisor on a one-to-one basis. They will discuss your smoking habits and routines in order to tailor a plan specific to your needs. The advisor will also provide you with the right tools and techniques to help you quit, including Nicotine replacement therapy and/or Champix (prescription charges may apply unless exempt).

 

You will be able to have up to 12 weeks of support including regular catch ups with your advisor and supply of product.

 

Last year, over 250,000 people across England and Wales successfully quit smoking thanks to ‘Stoptober’, the biggest mass participation 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England.

 

So tell everyone to quit with us this Stoptober!

 

For free, friendly advice on stopping smoking and to order a free ‘Quit Kit’, call 0800 013 0553. Alternatively, visit http://www.smokefreebedfordshire.co.uk/

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