Stoptober has made a big impact on the local community already, helping to lower smoking rates to 15.1% locally. Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed the return of the campaign and is encouraging local smokers to join the thousands of people making a change this October for a healthier and wealthier future.
The campaign has returned with even more free motivational support including support via the Stoptober app, a daily email service and Facebook Messenger bot which when cravings strike can provide instant support.
Local services and pharmacies are also available to provide free, expert face-to-face support and guidance. People who quit with the support of a stop smoking service adviser are four times more likely to successfully stop for good.
Pauline Jones, chief nurse said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across Tameside and Glossop to to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in our area.
“There has never been a better time to stop smoking, with lots of help and support available. It doesn’t matter how many times you have tried before, call our specialist stop smoking advisers and take on the challenge this year.
“Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and with the help of our local stop smoking advisers, the campaign’s support and motivation I am sure we will have another successful Stoptober.”
Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Healthier Futures, which works with partners to break the cycle of addiction and exposure to tobacco in communities said: “I encourage everyone who smokes in the North West to take on the Stoptober challenge this year, for a healthier and wealthier future for you and your family.
“After another successful Stoptober last year, which saw over 30,000 people in the North West sign up, it would be great to see even more people pledge to stop and join together to make a positive change. If you stop smoking for 28 days then you are five times more likely to stop for good, improving your health and putting more money into your pocket.
“Remember you’re not alone, there are local stop smoking advisers here to support you to quit smoking throughout the year. If you stop with a local adviser you are even more likely to quit for good, so get in contact today for free help and advice. Find your local service at https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree or drop into your local pharmacy for a chat.”