Join the pack look­ing to kick the smoking habit

Quit for 28 days and maybe for­ever

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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 health­ or visit

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.

COME: Bucks County Coun­cil


SIGN OF THINGS TO em­ployee Jo Kelly

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