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Council backs annual Stoptober campaign

Herefordshire Council is backing the national Stoptober campaign to help residents stop smoking.

Stoptober is a 28 day national stop smoking challenge, which ran for the first time in 2012 when over 160,000 participants stopped smoking.  It is suggested that if you stop smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stop for good and there is support available across Herefordshire to help those who choose to quit.

In Herefordshire, 20 per cent or one in five adults still smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest cause of premature death before the age of 75.

Elizabeth Shassere, Herefordshire Council’s director of public health, said: “It is an unfortunate fact that over 100,000 people die prematurely in the UK each year from smoking related diseases, which cost the NHS approximately £2.7 billion every year.

“There are many services across Herefordshire that provide trained stop smoking advisors to help you stop smoking.  They will give you free personalised help and support throughout your journey, all you need to do is visit your local pharmacy, GP surgery or Halo leisure centre to find out more.

“When you join the challenge via the smoke free website, you’ll be able to request a free information and resource pack, download a mobile phone app and sign up for text messages for regular motivational pick me ups, along with picking up handy tips for coping with stopping smoking.  Why not make this October your Stoptober?”

To find out more and join the Stoptober challenge visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober.