Release Date: 25 September 2017
The 28-day Stoptober challenge launches on 1 October and Richmond Council is urging smokers to take the chance to stub out smoking for good.
Stoptober, which is run by Public Health England, is in its fifth year of supporting smokers across England to quit, with tips delivered straight to your inbox, via an app or on Facebook.
It’s based on research that shows if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good. So far more than a million people have taken up the Stoptober challenge.
The Council is committed to helping people quit smoking and improve their health. We provide a free Stop Smoking service to people who wish to quit, including confidential face-to-face advice and support from specialist advisors, as well as free stop smoking materials and medication such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
Richmond’s smokers can now also call a new telephone support service to get expert advice on how they can quit for good.
The new pan-London service will complement the existing stop smoking service by offering a telephone service for residents who are unable to commit to the four- to eight-week, face-to-face council programme.
When Richmond smokers call the free number to access the stop smoking information they will be offered a series of individual regular phone calls from a specialist adviser.
Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Mark Boyle, said:
“Quitting smoking is the best way to improve your overall health and the positive effects start immediately. You start to feel better as soon as you give up smoking, as your blood pressure is reduced, blood circulation improves, breathing becomes easier, and your skin looks better.
“Whilst Richmond rates is one of the healthiest boroughs in the country. We know there are many smokers in the borough who want to quit and improve their overall health and quality of life. We are committed to offering them the support to do just that “
To access the new pan-London service you can ring the helpline on 0300 132 1044 between 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, and speak to a trained adviser.
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Updated: 2 October 2017