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Want to stop smoking? Stoptober is back in Hampshire!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Hampshire County Council is supporting Stoptober - the 28 day national stop smoking challenge - by raising awareness of this campaign and providing employees who want to quit with the opportunity to access a workplace stop smoking clinic.

The Stoptober challenge to stop smoking during October is based on evidence which shows that you're five times more likely to stop for good if you go smoke free for 28 days. Most smokers, who have tried to quit and failed, understand the realities of giving up smoking and Stoptober aims to support them to overcome the challenge of giving up.

"Although Stoptober provides information and positive encouragement to quitters across the country, as a Hampshire employer, we wanted to be able to offer extra support to our employees who wish to take up the 28 day challenge," explained Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing at Hampshire County Council.

"To do this we have worked with Quit4Life, our provider of specialist stop smoking services across Hampshire, to offer a workplace clinic at our Headquarters in Winchester. This is in addition to Quit4Life's other clinics running across the county which our staff can access and that are open to anyone. Details of these can be found on the Find a session near you webpage or by ringing 0845 602 4663 and I would urge anyone wishing to quit to visit this website and get in touch with them."

Using a specialist stop smoking service means a smoker is up to four times more likely to quit and over the last twelve months over 6000 smokers quit smoking using the Hampshire Quit4Life service to improve their health and wellbeing. Giving up smoking has numerous financial, physical and health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease and developing lung cancer. Find out more about the benefits of giving up.

The Stoptober campaign runs in two phases: the first during September gives smokers a chance to think about and prepare for giving up during October when the second phase of quitting actually starts. Find out more about the Stoptober 28 day step-by-step programme.

By encouraging as many smokers as possible to attempt to go smoke free for 28 days from 1st October and take up the Stoptober challenge, it is hoped that even more will be successful in their attempt to quit.

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