Month-long campaign to get more to kick the habit

A NEW stop smoking campaign encouraging people to quit in October has been launched by health chiefs.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has launched Stoptober, a new initiative to support local people to go the whole month of October without smoking.

Figures show that people who quit smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good.

Tina Jones, Tobacco Control Programme Manager for Derbyshire Stop Smoking Service, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get as many people to quit smoking as possible. By chunking the quitting process down to 28 days, it gives quitters more chance of kicking the habit for good.”

The new campaign includes a preparation pack and 28-day quit calendar. Smokers will also receive support and encouragement through a daily messaging service, inspiration from celebrity mentors, and advice via a Stoptober app, motivational text messages and a Facebook page.

The campaign, a Department of Health initiative for England, is aiming to help over 1,000 people across Derbyshire and Derby to stop smoking for October.

To contact the Derbyshire County Stop Smoking Service, call 0800 085 2299 or visit www.dchs.nhs.uk.