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​NHS Richmond CCG urges smokers to quit for 28 days - or even better for go​od​

People who smoke in the London Borough of Richmond are being urged to quit which could help them live longer. ​

NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing the Stoptober campaign, which encourages smokers across the UK to stub out their cigarettes for 28 days.  

Graham Lewis, local GP and Richmond CCG chair, said "People who quit for a month or more are five times more likely to quit for good. One in two long-term ​smokers will die prematurely as a result of smoking.

"Stopping smoking is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. It also helps breathing and circulation, as well as the ability to taste. You will also have more money in your pocket to spend or save!".

Every year around 100,000 people die in the UK from smoking, with many more deaths caused by smoking-related illnesses. Research has also found that a smoker's life span is shortened by about five minutes for each cigarette smoked. This equates to approximately 25 days per year for someone who smokes a packet a day.

In Richmond, Stoptober will be promoted throughout the borough. KickIt, a council funded advice service providing help to stop smoking for residents, runs a mobile clinic in George Street, Richmond, every Thursday from 8.30 am to 6pm. Help to quit can also be accessed from Richmond pharmacies and GP practices.

Stoptober also offers a range of free support including stop smoking packs, 28-day mobile phone apps, text support with daily updates, quitting advice and detailed tools and tips for coping. It also provides encouragement and support from thousands of people sharing the experience of quitting together through social media. 

Anyone who wants to quit this Stoptober can visit the website to find more and sign up to the 28-day quit challenge.

For media enquiries contact: Amy Burns, communications officer at Richmond CCG on 020 8732 3016 or email: