SMOKERS in Nottingham are being encouraged to give up their habit for a month as part of the UK’s first mass stop-smoking participation event.
Nottingham CityCare Partnership is supporting the Stoptober campaign, which starts on October 1. It encourages smokers to give up for 28 days - as research shows that people who stop smoking for four weeks are five times more likely to stay stopped.
Smoking remains the biggest cause of premature death in England and is responsible for the loss of more than 100,000 lives in the UK every year.
Throughout October smokers will be able to access help, support and advice including a free Stoptober phone app, free support pack from some local pharmacists – including a stress toy to keep hands busy - and a dedicated Facebook page where they will get additional tips and advice.
Nottingham smokers who take part in the Stoptober campaign will be supported by the CityCare New Leaf stop smoking service. There are currently over 60 New Leaf sessions throughout the city. Two further sessions will start in October to support the Stoptober campaign.
The Stoptober initiative is just one project delivered by Nottingham CityCare which has helped it gain a shortlisting in the highly prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards 2012.