|Posted on September 28, 2012 at 5:40 AM|
Smokers across the Borough are being urged to stop smoking on the 1st October and to stay smoke free for at least 28 days.
Research has shown that people who manage to stop smoking for that length of time are more likely not to start again.
Solihull Council and local NHS trusts are getting involved with the national 28 day stop smoking campaign known as Stoptober which is run by the Department of Health.
Smokers can sign up for the challenge by searching for Stoptober on the internet or collecting a pack at their doctors’ surgery.
Specially trained NHS Stop Smoking Advisers have already been out in force in Chelmsley Wood and Solihull giving advice and information on local free services to aid quitters, as well as taking carbon monoxide breath tests to show the effects of tobacco. Many of the borough’s smokers have already taken packs to prepare for the quit date on Monday 1st October.
And Stoptober will be unique in that it is offering an unprecedented level of support for smokers trying to kick the habit, including a 28-day mobile app, Stoptober support pack and motivational text messages to keep them smokefree.
There will also be emotional support from fellow quitters and the local community as it is recognised that stopping smoking together can be more successful than going it alone.
Smokers can have free local support to kick the habit with Solihull NHS Stop Smoking Service by phoning 0800 015 8512.