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Stoptober

BE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO QUIT THIS STOPTOBER!

 

Stoptober is fast-approaching! And the Bedfordshire Stop Smoking Service is inviting smokers to quit with their support for the best shot at kicking the habit this October.

 

Returning for its fifth year, Stoptober is the mass quit campaign from Public Health England, which has helped thousands of smokers to stop smoking by encouraging them to give up for the month of October – and for the months and years that follow.

 

Evidence shows that residents who use the Bedfordshire Stop Smoking Service are four times more likely to quit smoking, so do get in touch with us this Stoptober for free support.

 

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 they might feel able to extend giving up for even longer periods and, eventually, the smoking habit may totally lack appeal. 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: “The Stoptober campaign returns year after year because it works so well - when someone makes it to 28 days smoke free, they are five times more likely to quit for good. This, combined with the free, friendly support of our Stop Smoking Service, gives smokers a great shot at stop smoking success and making a positive change to benefit their health.” 

 

For support with your Stoptober challenge, it’s quick and easy to refer yourself, or friends and family, into the Bedfordshire Stop Smoking Service. Simply call 0800 013 0553to book an appointment 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 with you in order to tailor a stop-smoking 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.

 

Last year, over 215,000 people across England and Wales signed up to take part in 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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