Quitting smoking sweeps Mid Sussex as Stoptober returns

PR2067/JP/MF - 27/09/2016

Mid Sussex District Council is urging smokers to sign-up for Stoptober and join nearly 15 million people in England who have already quit.

Stoptober is a 28 day mass quitting challenge from Public Health England (PHE) that starts on 1 October. Research shows that people who don’t smoke for 28-days are five times more likely to quit for good and by getting some support people are four times more likely to succeed.

The Stoptober campaign helps people to stay motivated and online support services help smokers to kick the habit for good. By signing up at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home smokers can receive help and advice via daily emails, download the app or chat to a Facebook messenger bot. There’s also more information about the expert, face-to-face advice provided by the local Stop Smoking Service.

Giving up smoking is the best thing a smoker can do for their health. Within just 24 hours of quitting, lungs begin to clear, the risk of heart and lung disease is reduced and smokers notice an improved sense of taste and smell. After just three days without smoking it becomes easier to breathe and smokers notice an increase in energy levels, ready to spend quality time with their children, family and friends.

More than 250,000 smokers across England and Wales were estimated to have stubbed out their cigarettes during last year's Stoptober campaign. Join in with the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home

For more information about the Stop Smoking Services available locally call Smokefree West Sussex on 0300 100 1823, email info@smokefreewestsussex.com or visit www.smokefreewestsussex.co.uk