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Stoptober Challenge for Smokers

Published Thursday, 19 September 2013

During October, smokers in Enfield are being encouraged to quit together, as Stoptober – the nation’s biggest ever mass participation stop smoking challenge – launches for its second year.


NHS Enfield and Enfield Council are supporting the Public Health England campaign using local teams to encourage residents to sign up to the Stoptober challenge, offering them the support they need to become smokefree.

All Stoptober quitters will receive a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.

People who currently smoke are also encouraged to get in touch with their local stop smoking service, as research shows you are four times more likely to quit with this extra support than stopping on your own.

The campaign returns as new research shows that every day a person goes without cigarettes could add as much as six hours to their lives. For the 28 day duration of Stoptober this equals a full seven days. Research also suggests that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to kick the habit for good.

Last year over 160,000 people successfully quit. And although most people will start their quit journey on the 1st October, people can quit at any time during the month and still receive specialist support.

Councillor Christine Hamilton, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health said: “We want to help as many people as possible in Enfield to quit. There is a wide range of support available. For example our local stop smoking services are doing a great job, and last year thousands of people successfully quit with their help.

“If you’ve been thinking about quitting, now is the time to do it. It isn’t always an easy journey but with the support of friends, family, Stoptober resources and your local stop smoking service, everyone can help each other to reduce the number of smokers in Enfield”.

Dr Shahed Ahmad, Enfield Council’s Director of Public Health said “In addition to everything which is happening during Stoptober Enfield is also holding a special conference on the 23rd September, with a number of high profile speakers to discuss tobacco control in the borough, and ways that we can try, in partnership with others, to try and prevent the take up of tobacco within the population.

“Stopping smoking has so many benefits. As well as the money saved from stopping smoking – an average of £4,000 a year for two parents who smoke – quitters will start to notice immediate health improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy. Longer term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke”.

Stoptober 2013 starts on Tuesday 1 October and runs for 28 days. For more information and to sign up visit Stoptober or call 0800 022 4332 to be put through to your local stop smoking service.

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