Get ready for Stoptober

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National campaign calls for all smokers in Cambridgeshire to join a 28-day quitting challenge.

During October, smokers in Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to take part in the first ever mass quit attempt launched by the Department of Health – Stoptober.

We know that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay smokefree, and Stoptober leads smokers through a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve this goal.

CAMQUIT, your local stop smoking service, wants you to start your planning now and make an appointment early. CAMQUIT were inundated with extra people asking for support last year, so don’t miss out and contact CAMQUIT early to make a booking.

Claire Mead, CAMQUIT co-ordinator, said: “You’re up to five times more likely to succeed in quitting if you get help. We are a team of professional support advisors who understand that quitting smoking is different for everyone. Last year more people than ever stopped smoking with NHS support in Cambridgeshire, with nearly 4000 people giving up.

“We are very happy to support this campaign and have increased our clinics over the course of the campaign. Willpower alone isn’t always enough so ring CAMQUIT your local NHS stop smoking service for support. CAMQUIT can provide support in a variety of settings, including your GP surgery, your local Pharmacy, your workplace or even over the phone. Ring 0800 018 4304 or visit www.camquit.nhs.uk to find out how.”

The campaign includes a preparation pack, 28-day Quit Calendar and Health & Wealth wheel.

Smokers will also receive support and encouragement through a daily messaging service, inspiration from celebrity mentors, and expert advice via:

* Stoptober app (available via Smartphone)

* Motivational text messages

* Facebook page

County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Tony Orgee, said: “A major priority for the County Council is improving the health and wellbeing of our community - regardless of their age. I would absolutely support this new campaign which will help cut the number of people who smoke and reduce the possible health problems it can cause.”

As well as the financial benefits of stopping smoking, those undertaking the 28 day programme will experience physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy.

Longer-term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their second hand smoke.

Smoking is one of the biggest cause of premature death in Cambridgeshire and each year it accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK and one in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking disease.

Stoptober 2013 kicks off on Monday 1 October and runs for 28 days. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, visit smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober or contact CAMQUIT on 0800 018 4304.