Smokers encouraged to join Stoptober

Stoptober is back, calling on smokers in England to join more than 2.5 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago in 2012. Nearly 6 million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the single biggest behavioural cause of preventable death, with 64,000 deaths a year.

This year’s Stoptober mass quit attempt is as important as ever, with quitting being one of the best things a smoker can do for their health. That’s why this year’s Stoptober campaign is encouraging smokers to join the thousands of others who are giving quitting a go for the month of October – making it to 28 days smoke free means you’re five times as likely to quit for good. Quitting will allow you to start moving better, breathe more easily – and give you more money to spend.

Quitting with others, together with the range of support offered, means that Stoptober can trigger resolve and boost confidence, motivation and readiness, making smokers realise that they are stronger and better prepared than they think and setting them up for long term success.

Stoptober offers a range of free quitting tools including: the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan tool. It provides information and advice on proven quitting methods – expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and the range of stop smoking aids, including further information on how vaping can help you quit. Just search ‘Stoptober’ for more information.

October will also see the launch of an E-learning package for all Trust colleagues – 30 seconds to save a life, Very Brief Advice on Smoking. Advice from health professionals can be one of the most important initiations for a quit attempt. The question is how to give this advice effectively without taking up too much time or harming relationships with our patients. The 30 seconds to save a life, Very Brief Advice on Smoking e-learning package has been designed to avoid these problems.

Two Mezzanine Stoptober events have been scheduled – Thursday 6 October and Wednesday 19 October. If you are an NHS staff member, a visitor, an Inpatient or an on-site contractor, we can help you breathe easier, feel more energised and have a little more money to spend, then quit smoking this Stoptober.

Call 01253 954642 or email to start your quit journey.

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