Smokers are being reminded that it’s not too late to stub out for good and turn this Stoptober into something really special.
Stoptober is a mass quitting attempt where people across the country get support to become smoke free for good.
The campaign is well under way in Cambridgeshire, but health chiefs at the County Council want local people to know that they can still join in and ditch the habit.
CAMQUIT, the local stop smoking service, would love to hear from smokers and offer a detailed step by step programme on how to quit. 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.
Research shows if people stop smoking for 28 days they are four times more likely to stay smokefree. 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.
Claire Mead, CAMQUIT co-ordinator, said: “It’s really not too late to quit this Stoptober and Camquit is here to support you every step of the way towards your goal of being smoke free. You will save money, experience physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy.
“Willpower alone isn’t always enough so ring CAMQUIT your local NHS stop smoking for information and support on 0800 018 4304 or visit www.camquit.nhs.uk to find out how.”
County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Tony Orgee, said: “I absolutely support Stoptober, which will help cut the number of people who smoke and reduce the possible health problems it can cause. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of premature death in Cambridgeshire each year. I’d urge smokers across the county to take part in Stoptober and achieve something special.”
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. Smokers wanting to quit can also access Camquit’s stop smoking services all year round.