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October is the time for Stoptober

Lifestyle / Sat 28th Sep 2013 am30 11:59am

STOPTOBERstoptober, England’s mass 28-day stop smoking attempt is back following its huge success last year which saw 160,000 people decide to quit as a result, and Essex County Council is supporting the campaign this year by encouraging smokers to sign up for the challenge.

Across Essex, 18.7% of adults still smoke and smoking remains the nation’s biggest cause of premature death with one in two long term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.

A person stopping smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal.

By stopping smoking this October residents can begin to experience financial, physical and health benefits including saving money, a better sense of taste and smell and a reduced risk of lung cancer and heart disease.

Stoptober provides smokers with a range of free support including a stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app, motivational text support and the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.

Essex County Councillor Ann Naylor, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Giving up smoking can be a challenging task but it is a worthwhile achievement if you can do it. I give my full support to this campaign and would encourage all smokers to enrol in this programme.”

Smokers are four times more likely to quit with support from your local stop smoking service and the use of medication than willpower alone. Essex County Council commission a range of stop smoking services across the county which will be supporting Stoptober by organising community events across Essex throughout October.

ENDS

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