Southwark’s top doc says take up the Stoptober challenge to quit smoking

News Desk (28 September, 2017)

Dr Jonty Heaversedge is the chair of the Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group

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The Stoptober campaign is back for another year – this is the 28 day challenge which gives smokers all the support and motivation they need to quit.

Southwark GPs encourage all patients who want to stop smoking to use this national incentive to help them succeed.

Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country.

It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but with Stoptober, you won’t be on your own.

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you.

You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes.

Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook.

You can also get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services.

A new Stop Smoking London Helpline has just launched, so give it a call on 0300 123 1044.

It’s available Monday to Fridays from 9am to 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm.

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