NHS encourages smokers to give up next month

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Throughout October, NHS Northamptonshire is launching a ‘Stoptober’ campaign in an effort to help people give up smoking.

Stoptober is a stop smoking campaign provided by the NHS which begins on Monday, October 1, and will run for 28 days.

NHS Northamptonshire have organised a roadshow which will stop in Wellingborough, Kettering, and Corby, with information stands where smokers can be encouraged to give up the habit.

The likes of carbon monoxide monitoring and willpower tests will be included at the events as well as showing people the benefits of quitting.

Public Health Manager at NHS Northamptonshire, Pam Berry, said “Smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in England, each year accounts for over 80,000 deaths in the UK alone.

“Out of almost five million attempts to give up smoking only 7 per cent of people are actually successful.

“Stoptober gives people the drive and support to keep people smoke free.”

Not only does the campaign give smokers support it also provides a daily text messages of support, a preparation pack, 28-day and a quit calander.

Gail Addison, of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s stop smoking service, said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity for Northamptonshire’s smokers to quit smoking for good.

“We’re here to help and support you.”

For more information on the campaign visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober or call Northamptonshire’s stop smoking service on 0845 601 3116.

Information events will take place tomorrow (Sept 20) at the Wincanton Warehouse in Kettering from 9am to 11.30am, then on Monday, September 24, there will be a stand at Wellingborough Market Square, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

The final event in our area will take place at Corby town centre from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Friday, September 28.