Take on the Stoptober challenge and feel the benefits of quitting smoking

People, Health and Care
12:00, Thursday, 30th September 2021

Smokers across North Lincolnshire are being encouraged to take part in the nation’s largest mass quitting challenge this October and experience the huge benefits to their health.

Over the last decade more than two million people have taken part in the challenge of giving up cigarettes for 28 days, making them five times more likely to quit for good.

Quitting the habit is one of the best things a smoker can do for their health, with benefits including being able to start moving better, being able to breathe more easily and saving an average of £1,875 a year.

With a fantastic range of free tools available, it has never been easier to quit. People who access support from a local stop smoking service are even more likely to be successful.

Free, local advice is available through North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyles for anyone over the age of 16 who would like to quit smoking.

Healthy Lifestyle facilitators will be on hand throughout Stoptober to help even more people achieve their smoke free goals by offering behavioural support, advice on how to access nicotine replacement therapy, and support for people who would like to use an e-cigarette. To find out more contact 01724 298212 or email: nlc.healthylifestyles@nhs.net

Alongside this, smokers can also benefit from free quitting tools, including the NHS Quit Smoking app and an online Personal Quit Plan.

Businesses encouraged to support staff to quit

This Stoptober, the council is also calling on businesses to encourage employers to sign the smokefree pledge and achieve a smokefree workplace award.

The newly launched award is part of the wider healthy workplace awards scheme, and recognises the contributions made by employers to create a healthy environment and support the health and wellbeing of staff.

Workplaces that are interested in taking part can access the pledge and application form on the Invest in North Lincolnshire website.

For information, support and quitting tools visit the NHS website.