Sign up to Stoptober with friends, family and colleagues
Smokers in Southwark are being urged to join Stoptober, the country's 28-day mass quit attempt.
To stand an even better chance of quitting, they are encouraged to sign up with their friends, family and colleagues, as evidence reveals that this type of 'social quitting' can dramatically improve people's chances of successfully stopping.
Research shows that smokers are two-thirds (67%) more likely to quit when their spouse stops smoking, and a third more likely to quit when a close friend (36%) or someone they work with (34%) stops. The data also shows that individuals are much more likely (61%) to smoke if their partner or a close friend smokes, showing the powerful influence that people's social networks have on their own smoking behaviour.
Dr Noel Baxter, local GP and clinical lead at NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "There are a range of free tools available that provide proven support to help you quit smoking during Stoptober.
"These include face to face support, a support pack, an app, emails and texts and you just need to pick the tools that suit you.
"If you smoke, giving up is probably the biggest single step you can take to improve your health and I'd encourage anyone who wants to give up smoking to sign up for Stoptober."
More than 250,000 smokers across England and Wales were estimated to have stubbed out their cigarettes for Stoptober in 2014.
Smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England, and half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely due to a smoking-related disease.
Giving up smoking increases your chances of living a longer and healthier life, it's never too late to stop.
Sign up today and start your quitting journey on 1 October by searching 'Stoptober' online or visit www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk