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Published on September 28th, 2012 | by admin

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“Stoptober” Challenge Urges Smokers to Quit for 28 Days

Solihull’s smokers are being encouraged to kick the habit for 28 days as part of “Stoptober” Solihull Council has announced.

The initiative, which is part of a national campaign launched by the government and NHS encourages smokers to sign up together on October 1st and to stay smoke free for at least 28 days.

Smokers can sign up for the challenge by searching for Stoptober on the internet or collecting a pack at their doctors’ surgery.

NHS Stop Smoking Advisers have  been out 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.

Studies show that if a smoker can stop for just 28 days they are five times more likely to stop smoking for good leading to a healthier, wealthier and happier future.

Stoptober will offer 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.

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