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Stop smoking for 28 days and you're five times more likely to quit for good

Stoptober 2017Herefordshire Council’s public health team is encouraging those who’d like to stop smoking to take the Stoptober challenge.

There’s never been a better time to quit with more advice, support and quitting aids available, especially e-cigarettes which is now the most popular option; more restrictions on smoking and the ban on tobacco packaging imagery.

University College London (UCL) has issued new statistics which show quitting success rates are at their highest level for at least a decade.  They’re up to 19.8% for the first six months of this year, which is significantly higher than the 15.7% average for the last 10 years.

Professor Rod Thomson, Director of Public Health for Herefordshire, said: “It’s encouraging that so many people are quitting smoking, although we know there’s still more to be done.  Smoking is still the country’s biggest killer with approximately 79,000 deaths a year and over 900 in Herefordshire.

“Research shows that there’s never been a better time to quit and people who use a combination of e-cigarettes and local stop smoking services are more likely to be successful.

“If you’ve tried but failed to quit in the past, don’t let this stop you from trying again.  Stoptober offers a great range of free support direct to your phone, tablet or laptop via the app, daily support via e-mail or Facebook Messenger, face to face support and plenty of helpful online advice and information.”

For local help and support contact 01432 383567 or healthylifestyle.trainerservice@nhs.net or visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober.

Published: Friday, 29th September 2017