Stubbing out cigarettes this month
Stubbing out an addiction is no easy feat. Stoptober is back for its third year to inspire people to quit the cigarettes.
The successful nationwide 31-day campaign is aiming to reduce smoking by providing people with tools and a support network.
‘‘We’ve found that most people who smoke, want to stop, but really need the support of people close to them in order to make it happen so this year we’re trying something new,’’ Stoptober coordinator Jasmine Graham says.
Research has found that someone who smokes is four times more likely to stop if they have the right support in place.
Around 605,000 adults smoke in New Zealand, however despite knowing the risks many people still struggle to give up the habit.
‘‘With this in mind, those who want to stop smoking this Stoptober are being encouraged to get those who smoke around them to also sign up so they can kick butt together,’’ Graham says.
Those who sign up to Stoptober can also access new Stop Smoking Services, Quitline and their local doctor to assist them in their endeavour to stop.
Visit stoptober.co.nz for more information and to sign up. If you’re thinking of quitting and are happy to share your experience, get in touch with the Auckland City Harbour News. Email email@example.com.
Can you stub out the cigarettes this October?