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Join the Stoptober Challenge this October!

 
The Stoptober challenge returns this October. The 28-day stop smoking challenge saw nearly a quarter of a million people in England and Wales sign up to Stoptober last year, pledging to stop smoking for 28 days.

Research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more like to quit for good. The mass 28-day challenge is an opportunity for smokers to take the first steps toward better health and save money in the process.

The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every 4 weeks. Stopping for the Stoptober challenge will save them £141 each over 4 weeks, and if they remain smoke free, up to £1,696 in a year.

Local GP Dr Jonty Heaversedge, Chair of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “If you're a smoker, taking action to stop smoking is the single most important step you can take to protect your health. Diseases like throat cancer, mouth cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease are all caused by smoking. 

“Your local NHS offers free and confidential support to help you quit. Make an appointment with your GP or practice nurse this month, it’s never too late to give up, and we know that with the right support and treatment you are four times more likely to stay smoke free.”

Sign up to the Stoptober challenge and receive your free support pack here: www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk
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