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Can you take the Stoptober challenge?

28 September 2012
Stoptober: Jake Ball

During October, smokers in Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to take part in the first ever mass quit attempt launched by the Department of Health – Stoptober.

21% of people in Nottinghamshire currently smoke. We know that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay smoke free, and Stoptober leads smokers through a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve this goal.

The campaign is being supported locally by NHS Nottinghamshire and the County Council, who will send out regular tweets throughout the month to give people useful tips and advice: #quittertwitter. We have set up a web page which will include advice, interesting facts and useful links for support.

Support and encouragement

Smokers will also receive support and encouragement through a daily messaging service, inspiration from celebrity mentors, and expert advice via:

  • Stoptober app (available via Smartphone)
  • Motivational text messages
  • Facebook page

In Nottinghamshire, people who have pledged to quit will write blogs so they can tell others about their experience throughout the month.

Notts Cricketer Jake Ball is also supporting the campaign. He said: “This is a really worthwhile campaign and I hope it helps local smokers to kick the habit, particularly parents who smoke in front of their children.”

John Tomlinson, Deputy Director of Public Health at NHS Nottinghamshire, said: “By getting existing smokers to share their advice, concerns, highs and lows when they try to quit, we hope that other smokers will feel that they’re not alone and be encouraged to take up the challenge.

"70% of smokers want to kick the habit"

“This campaign isn’t about telling people what to do – it’s about giving advice and support to those who want to quit. And we know that around 70% of current smokers do want to kick the habit.”

Stoptober 2012 kicks off on Monday 1 October and runs for 28 days. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/stoptober

Smokers who want to quit can get in touch with their local stop smoking service through their GP or local pharmacy or by phoning New Leaf on 0800 389 7712 / texting ‘leaf’ free to 80800.

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