Stoptober, the 28 day stop smoking challenge is back and on 24 September the Stoptober Roadshow comes to Nottingham.
Smoking levels in Nottingham City currently stand at 27% and the Stoptober roadshow will be stopping in the city to encourage smokers to sign up for the month long campaign and give up for good. Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay permanently smokefree.
As well as being able to sign up to Stoptober, quitters will receive information, advice and support from New Leaf, the local stop smoking service that will be present at the roadshow.
Councillor Alex Norris, City Council’s portfolio holder for Public Health said:
“Across the city around 27% of people in Nottingham smoke, and this figure could be even higher in certain areas. We all know that giving up smoking can be difficult and many people have tried to give up in the past. That’s where Stoptober comes in. Taking one day at a time and knowing that thousands of others are taking part as well is a great way to quit. There is a range of tools available from Stoptober to give you that extra encouragement and support. And the local stop smoking service, New Leaf Nottingham City is on hand to help. New Leaf can be contacted free on 0800 561 2121 or text NEW to 80800 or via their website http://www.newleafstopsmoking.co.uk”
This year, Stoptober will also be providing quitters with a personal touch from some of the nation’s leading comedians – Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray and Shappi Khorsandi. The comedians are all supporting the campaign due to their personal experiences with smoking and will be sending messages of support and encouragement straight to quitters’ phones and emails throughout October.
To take the first step to quitting, sign up at www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober
The 28 day campaign starts on Tuesday 1st October.