Stoptober - join the thousands quitting

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Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, is back for its eighth year from 1st October.

Stoptober has helped over 1.9 million people end their relationship with smoking and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are more likely to stay smokefree for good.

In Southend 44% of the 1772 people that set a quit date were successful. In Essex (which includes reporting figures for Castle Point and Rochford) 60% of the 5839 people that set a quit date were successful.

Nationally, 52% of people who used Stop Smoking Services successfully quit (self-reported). Of 233,778 people setting a quit date, 121,742 were successful and of those successfully quitting, 70% had their results confirmed by Carbon Monoxide verification. Quitting success (self-reported) increased with age, 36% of those aged under 18 were successful and up to 57% of those aged 60 and over were also successful.

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but with Stoptober, you won’t be on your own. Join the thousands quitting smoking with Stoptober and get all the support you need to help you on your quit journey.

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you. You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, you can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services.

Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are more likely to quit successfully. Just search ‘Stoptober’ to find out more.

Tricia D’Orsi, Chief Nurse for NHS Southend and NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG said:

“Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. If you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you’re more likely to stay quit for good.”

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you. You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, you can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services. For the Southend area, details on all Stoptober/Stop Smoking Service events are available on the Public Health Southend Facebook page.

Cllr Trevor Harp, cabinet member for health and adult social care at Southend Borough Council, said: 

“Evidence shows smokers are four times more likely to give up for good, with the support of friends, family, health professionals, and tools such as nicotine replacement therapies. I would urge anyone who smokes to access the expertise of the Southend Stop Smoking Service during this year’s Stoptober, and find out more about the support available. Set a quit date and stick to it. Do it for your health, your wealth and your loved ones.”

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