STOPTOBER 2017: WANT TO GIVE UP SMOKING?  Pack-a-day smokers could save themselves £250 A MONTH

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STOPTOBER 2017: WANT TO GIVE UP SMOKING?  Pack-a-day smokers could save themselves £250 A MONTH

Tried to stop smoking as part of the Stoptober 28 day challenge? Based on research, if you stop smoking for 28-days you are five times more likely to quit for good. Take part in this year’s Stoptober campaign from 1 October.

Support Available

Visit the Stoptober website to find out about a range of free and proven support available to help you start your quitting journey for 28 days and beyond. There are a range of support tools available to you – from an app, email and social media support (including Facebook Messenger), to more information about the expert face to face support that your local Stop Smoking Service can offer, as well as information on the different types of stop smoking aids available to you; including medicines and e-cigarettes – Stoptober is here to help you.

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but you will not be alone. Nearly a million people have taken part since Stoptober began five years ago, so join in with the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search Stoptober and find the right support for you.

Local Services – Lambeth

If you need more support why not get expert face to face support from your local Stop Smoking Service. They can offer you weekly free behavioural support and different types of stop smoking medications to help keep you stopped, either on your own or as part of a group – whichever works for you.

The service offers a range of locations across the borough, including Pavilion Health Centre, Stockwell Community Centre and Mosaic Clubhouse.

Choose the quit plan to fit your lifestyle. For more information call Lambeth Stop Smoking Service on:

0800 856 3409 or 020 3049 5791 or email gst–tr.stopsmokinglambeth@nhs.net

Local Services – Croydon

Residents can get help from a range of free Stoptober quit tools including an app, daily emails and Facebook Messenger. They can also receive support from an online community on Facebook. In addition, there is expert local advice at Croydon’s online health platform – http://www.justbecroydon.org, which also offers the face-to-face local service Just Live Well for those who are eligible.

Brian – not his real name – was recently supported on his stop-smoking journey by advisers from the Just Live Well service. The 46-year-old spoke to them about his barriers to quitting and was given tips to handle situations that might tempt him to smoke.

A key motivation for him to quit was his desire to be more active and improve his mental health. Brian has successfully remained smoke-free for more than three months.

People in Croydon can access the Stoptober website via a unique link at http://po.st/Stop17_Croydon or by searching ‘Stoptober’.

Cllr Louisa Woodley, Croydon’s cabinet member for families, health and social care, said: “Smoking is the top cause of health inequalities in Croydon.

“We’re helping our residents, in a number of ways, to feel happier and healthier by supporting them to take more control of their overall well-being.

“Stoptober is a great initiative with a successful track record for getting smokers to take those first steps towards a smoke-free life.

BOLD “No matter how long you’ve been a smoker, giving up will make you feel healthier. “You could also save around £250 each month if you’re a pack-a-day smoker. “And, importantly, your loved ones are protected from harmful second-hand smoke.”

Fewer people are now indulging in the habit, and smoking prevalence in Croydon is currently at 13 per cent. In 2016, 15.5pc of adults in England aged over 18 years were smokers, down from 19.9pc in 2010. Prevalence since 2010 has declined most among younger age groups[3].

Recent data from the University College of London shows quitting success rates at their highest for at least a decade, up to 19.8pc for the first six months of this year, significantly higher than the average for the past 10 years (15.7pc)

According to the latest quit-rate figures, cigarette smoking in London is currently on track to end by 2030.

You can also visit your local GP or Pharmacy and they too can provide you with the right support you need to be able to quit, free of charge.  (Sources: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website – written by: Public Health Commissioning, Lambeth council  /
Croydon council press release))

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