During October, smokers are encouraged to take part in the scheme run by the Department of Health. Stoptober is a national 28 day challenge that sees people from all over the country stop smoking for the month of October. Last year, over 270,000 people took part across the country.
Research shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay smoke free. Stoptober provides an opportunity for people to make a positive choice to stop, smokers are given support from a trained advisor and a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve this goal.
A website has also been launched to provide advice and guidance. This can be found at www.islandquit.co.uk and there are also Facebook and Twitter pages atwww.facebook.com/islandquit and @islandquit respectively.
During October, the Chamber Health Stop Smoking Service will be out and about around the Island with a presence in Newport and Ryde every week. It will be in Ryde’s Co-op car park every Monday between 10.30am and 2pm, Lake Morrison’s car park each Tuesday between 10.30am and 1pm, and Newport St James’ Square every Wednesday between 10.30am and 2pm.
Chamber Health also runs a drop in session at their office at Mill Court, Furrlongs, Newport every Thursday morning. Anyone who works during the day can also make an appointment to be seen in their place of work by calling 01983 554545 to book a one to one appointment.
Simon Bryant, acting director of public health said:
“Giving up smoking is one of the best things someone can do for their health. With the help and support provided during Stoptober, it can become a lot easier for people to quit smoking.
“Research has shown giving up smoking for only a few weeks makes it far more likely to quit so I would encourage anyone looking at giving up smoking to get involved during Stoptober and be part of the challenge.”