New Leaf Nottingham embraces the Stoptober challenge

New Leaf, the NHS Stop Smoking Service for Nottinghamshire County provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare, is embracing ‘Stoptober’, a nationwide Department of Health initiative to encourage people to stop smoking during October, with a month of activities, promotions and competitions.

Smokers will be encouraged to set a quit date in October and those who are still smoke free four weeks later will be entered in a draw to win prizes such as a Center Parcs spa day, shopping vouchers and beauty gift sets.

New Leaf has a team of specialist advisors who offer support in over 95 stop smoking clinics throughout Nottinghamshire, with times ranging from early morning to mid evening. Additional clinics will run throughout October with the team out and about in the community providing information, advice and the chance to register those who would like to quit.

New Leaf offer 12 weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) free to those who are exempt from paying for prescriptions and just a one off payment of £7.65 for those who do pay. The service offers one to one sessions, group clinics, text, email, or telephone support.

Carol Goodwin, a New Leaf advisor, said: “Helping people to stop smoking is vital if we are to reduce the health inequalities and improve the lives of people living in our area. As a service we are really excited about Stoptober. We work hard throughout the year to support people who want to stop smoking and it’s a great opportunity to get so many people together at once to sign up to this 28 day challenge.”

For more information about New Leaf or to attend a stop smoking clinic call free on 0800 389 7712, or text ‘Leaf’ to 80800