Get help to quit smoking this Stoptober

Published: Friday 30th September 16

Stoptober, a 28-day challenge to quit tobacco, starts on Sunday,and Wandsworth’s smokers are urged to sign up.

Launched in 2012, Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge that encourages and supports smokers across England towards quitting for good. You can sign up now ready to start quitting on October 1. You will receive an email each day with tips and encouragement to help keep you on track.

In Wandsworth, smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable deaths. However, the number of people who smoke in Wandsworth has fallen to 13.7 per cent – down from a fifth of residents in 2011/12.

While most people either quit on their own or have never started, for those who need help giving up the council’s Stop Smoking Service is on hand. The service helped 1,340 people to quit last year, including 116 young people and 25 pregnant women.

The council’s health spokesman Cllr Jim Maddan said:

“Giving up smoking is the single biggest step you can take to improve your health. Figures show that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to quit for good and would save almost £2,000 a year. That’s why we’d urge our residents to set themselves the Stoptober challenge.” 

To access personalised support from the Stop Smoking Service to help you give up any tobacco product, including cigarettes and e-cigarettes, visit the Wandsworth Stop Smoking Service website or call the 24 hour helpline on 0800 389 7921.

Drop-in clinics and specialist advice are available in pharmacies and GP surgeries borough-wide, and no-appointment drop-in sessions are offered:

  • Queen Mary’s Hospital Cardiology unit,  Roehampton Lane, Roehampton -  Tuesdays 10am-3pm
  • St George’s Hospital (Atkinson Morley Wing) Blackshaw Road, Tooting - Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-3pm.

For more information about Stoptober, and to sign up, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/stopsmoking.

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