Release Date: 02 October 2019
The 28-day Stoptober challenge is run by Public Health England has begun, with thousands of people keen to quit smoking. Richmond Council is reminding smokers to consider the free local support available to help them ditch the cigarettes for good.
Research shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to quit smoking for good.
Over one million smokers have so far completed the Stoptober challenge by using the various free services on offer, including personalised quit plans, online support communities and an app to show how much money you are saving.
Richmond Council offers further support through its own free resources, including its online and face-to-face Stop Smoking Service.
Cyril Wheeler, Twickenham resident, stopped smoking in April 2019 after using the Council’s Stop Smoking Service. He said:
"I had been smoking my entire life; after the death of my wife, I was determined to turn my life around and stop smoking. After seeing a news story on the Stop Smoking Service on the Council’s website, I phoned in and a few weeks later met Chrissie, a Council’s Smoking Cessation Advisor."
"Chrissie was extremely knowledgeable, very good at explaining the options available and has a wonderful sense of humour. I was relieved to realise I could do one-to-one sessions, rather than group sessions, and saw Chrissie every Tuesday afternoon. I am now on my way to kicking the habit."
Cllr Piers Allen, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health, said:
"There are an estimated 17,000 smoking adults in Richmond. Stoptober offers the perfect opportunity to kick the habit and embrace a healthier lifestyle. We want to urge residents to seek support, like Cyril did, and say goodbye to smoking for good."
"The Council’s Stop Smoking service offers its residents an array of free services including one-to-one support, access to nicotine replacement therapy and community drop-in sessions."
Specialist advice is available in pharmacies and GP surgeries borough-wide, and there are drop-in clinics that anyone can visit without an appointment at the Civic Centre every Tuesday 12 to 2pm.
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Updated: 31 October 2019