Stop­to­ber set to help thou­sands kick habit

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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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