Join the pack looking to kick the smoking habit
Quit for 28 days and maybe forever
SMOKERS in Bucks are being challenged to kick the habit this month.
Stoptober is back for the third year to help smokers to shun cigarettes for 28 days and hopefully for good, because those who refrain that long are five times more likely to stop completely.
In Bucks last year nearly 2,000 signed up for the challenge.
Jo Kelly, who works for Bucks County Council, has pledged to take part this year.
She quit once before and hopes this time to give up for good.
She said: “I have smoked for more than 10 years and I know it’s really bad for my health and costs me a ridiculous amount of money.
“I love exercising and I want to improve my fitness and reduce my risk of getting ill as a result of my habit.
“That’s why I am determined to use this year’s Stoptober to reach my goal of becoming a non-smoker.
“I’d urge any other smokers reading this to join me in the challenge – get in touch with the support service, they’re really friendly and are helping me to get started.”
Director of public health Dr Jane O’Grady
I’d urge any
other smokers reading this to join me in the challenge”
said: “If you were one of those who took part last year and didn’t manage to stay off cigarettes then don’t be too despondent.
“Why not try again this year? Most smokers need more than one attempt to quit for good.
“The excellent free local NHS stop smoking services can help you through the month and increase your chances of success.”
Call Bucks Smokefree Support Service on 0845 27 07 222, email stopsmoking@bucks healthcare.nhs.uk or visit www.smokescape.org.
Are you taking part in Stoptober this month? Email a photo of yourself with a few words about why you are giving up and how it is going, to bucksnews@trinitysouth. co.uk.
COME: Bucks County Council
SIGN OF THINGS TO employee Jo Kelly