Stoptober set to help thousands kick habit
THOUSANDS of smokers in Hillingdon will be getting more support to quit the habit when ‘Stoptober’ starts this week.
‘Stoptober’ is the national health campaign which encourages residents to quit smoking by accessing the free and effective smoking cessation support offered locally by the council’s public health team.
Residents who quit for four weeks through a support programme are said to be five times more likely to kick the habit for good.
In the last municipal year the Hillingdon Stop Smoking Service helped nearly 2,000 residents set a quit date and more than 1,000 to stop.
Friendly advisers will be on hand at one-to-one drop-in clinics and help is also offered through local pharmacies.
Cllr Phillip Corthorne, cabinet member for health, said: “Smoking illnesses are life limiting, contribute to health inequality and impact hugely on our residents’ wellbeing and ability to enjoy life fully.
“The good news is that Hillingdon provides a wealth of information, guidance and support to help you give up smoking – not just in October but throughout the year.”
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