Sign up to give up this Stop­to­ber

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

A CAM­PAIGN to help bor­ough res­i­dents give up smok­ing is gear­ing up for its busy month.

Oc­to­ber is Stop­to­ber for the Smoke­freel­ife Berk­shire cam­paign and or­gan­is­ers say that so far it has helped 300 peo­ple to change their habits.

As part of its sup­port for smok­ers who want to quit, Smoke­freel­ife Berk­shire said it will be pop­ping up around the area host­ing events to en­cour­age peo­ple to sign up to the chal­lenge.

Launched in 2012, the Stop­to­ber cam­paign is a Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to re­duce smok­ing across the coun­try. Re­search shows that peo­ple who stop smok­ing dur­ing this time are five times more likely to re­main smoke free.

Saleen Ahmed-Khan,

Pub­lic Health Im­prove­ment and Per­for­mance Lead, Smoke­freel­ife Berk­shire said: “Stop­to­ber is the per­fect time to mo­ti­vate peo­ple to quit smok­ing. As smok­ing re­mains one of the lead­ing causes of pre­ma­ture death in Berk­shire and the UK, pro­vid­ing free sup­port to smok­ers can help to re­duce the risk of peo­ple de­vel­op­ing smok­ing re­lated ill­nesses.”

The char­ity said that bor­ough res­i­dents who have been sup­ported by the ser­vices said that its pro­gramme was amaz­ing and in­spi­ra­tional.

For more de­tails or free sup­port call 0800 622 6360 or text QUIT to 66777.

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