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Join the Stoptober Challenge this October!

 

The Stoptober challenge returns in October. The 28-day stop smoking challenge saw nearly a quarter of a million people in England and Wales sign up to Stoptober last year, pledging to stop smoking for 28 days.

Research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more like to quit for good.  The mass 28-day challenge is an opportunity for smokers to take the first steps toward better health and save money in the process.

The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every 4 weeks. Stopping for the Stoptober challenge will save them £141 each over 4 weeks, and if they remain Smokefree, up to £1,696 in a year.

Local GP and Chair of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Marc Rowland says:  "If you're a smoker, taking action to stop smoking is the single most important step you can take to protect your health.  Diseases like throat cancer, mouth cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease are all caused by smoking.  Your local NHS offers free and confidential support to help you quit. Make an appointment with your GP, Practice Nurse or stop smoking clinic this month it's never too late to give up, and you are four times more likely to stay smokefree with our help."

Lewisham Stop Smoking Service are supporting Stoptober again this year and can help you to stay smokefree for the month. For information about help in Lewisham visit http://www.smokefreelewisham.co.uk/lewisham-events/events.aspx.  There is a drop-in group at the Owen Centre, Lewisham Hospital from 6 - 7 pm on Monday's for anyone taking up the Stoptober challenge, as well as our usual host of groups, drop-ins and 1:1 support (see clinic lists).

Sign up to the Stoptober challenge and receive your free support pack here:

www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk