Smokers in Plymouth urged to quit for Stoptober


Are you a smoker in Plymouth and do you want help to quit? Why not join the 1.7 million ex-smokers across the UK who have quit so far by signing up to this year’s Stoptober.

Stoptober, which is Public Health England’s 28 day stop smoking challenge, begins on 1 October 2018.

We know that if people do more physical activity, eat better, smoke less and drink less alcohol they will live longer, healthier, happier lives. In Plymouth we are working with partners across the city to make it easier for people to have a healthier lifestyle by making the healthy choice the easy choice.

Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, said: “If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and those around you.

“Stoptober is a great opportunity if you’re thinking of giving up smoking and there are some excellent services available – you are four times more likely to quit smoking for good with the right support.”

Jan Potter, Head of One You Plymouth, said: “Quitting smoking is easier with the right support. The most successful quit attempts are made with a combination of quit methods, so this year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them – with options including face to face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.”

Stoptober events

One You Plymouth (Livewell Southwest’s wellbeing team) have organised a number of roadshows in the run up to Stoptober.

 

DATE VENUE TIME
Monday 24 September Tesco, Transit Way 10am to 3pm
Thursday 27 September Place de Brest, City Centre 10am to 3pm
Friday 28 September Whitleigh Green 10am to 1pm

Support available this Stoptober

Local support in Plymouth

One You Plymouth provide Stop Smoking support services. Your first appointment will last for 30 minutes and Stop Smoking Advisors will support you throughout your quit attempt.

You will also be asked to do a simple breath test to look at carbon monoxide levels in your breath. This helps to determine your dependency levels and the amount and type of medication you might need.

Varenicline and Nicotine Replacement Therapy are all available on prescription and these medications will be discussed with you on your first appointment.

You can call the One You Plymouth Stop Smoking service to find out more on 01752 437177.

For more information visit the One You Plymouth website