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​​Stub it out today for a healthier to​​morrow - Stoptober

Kick your nicotine addiction and stub out your last cigarette – it's time to quit with the help of NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Richmond Council, and other local service providers.

Stoptober is once more upon us, a national campaign aimed at getting smokers to kick their habit once and for all. Don't allow your addiction to beat you. Take advantage of a range of services commissioned by your local NHS and Richmond Council that will get you through those seemingly impossible moments.

Increase the likelihood of a longer life by taking part in the month-long stop smoking challenge which begins on Wednesday, October 1.

Research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good. The Stoptober smoking challenge saw nearly a quarter of a million people in England and Wales sign up to Stoptober last year.

Smoking is the nation's biggest killer and one in seven residents are still puffing away in Richmond.  Half of smokers die prematurely from a smoking-related disease. If that's not enough incentive to quit then the £150 quitters save a month could be. 

Local GP and Richmond CCG chair Dr Graham Lewis, said​:

"Stopping 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 services offer free and confidential support to help you quit. It's never too late to give up, and you are four times more likely to stay smoke free with help. Sign up now for a smoke free October."

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Health, Cllr David Marlow, said: 

"Smokers risk dying at a younger age and their quality of life is not as good as if they were to quit – so stub it out now. There are dedicated services in Richmond that are here for smokers who are serious about quitting. So stub it out for Stoptober for a happier, healthier future."

To sign-up for Stoptober visit http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree

If you have any questions about quitting call Kick It, your local stop smoking service, on 020 3434 2500