Roadshow in Kingswood to help smokers quit

stub it outSmokers are being encouraged to go along to a free event in Kingswood next Tuesday (October 8) to get help and advice on stubbing out the habit.

The free event is supported by Smokefree South Gloucestershire and complements the national Stoptober campaign which runs throughout October encouraging smokers to go 28 days without a cigarette.

From 10am to 4pm trained advisers will be at the Kings Chase Shopping Centre to talk to people about the benefits of being smokefree and make people aware of the Stoptober website www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober where they can go for free support online.

As well as the online resource, a 28-day mobile phone app is available and a text and email message service providing motivational pick me-ups, advice and tips for coping throughout the month.

Dr Mark Pietroni, Director of Public Health for South Gloucestershire, said: “Around 16 per cent of adults in South Gloucestershire smoke and research has shown that over two thirds of them would like to stop. Stoptober provides an excellent opportunity for them to do so by using the support available here in South Gloucestershire, which could significantly increase your chance of success.

“Those who stop smoking for 28 days and longer will begin to experience financial, physical and health benefits, including a better sense of taste and smell and a reduced risk of lung cancer and heart disease.”

Remaining smoke free for 28 days means you’re five times more likely to stop for good and last year more than 160,000 people successfully quit in the nation’s biggest mass participation stop smoking challenge.

Smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in England and each year accounts for more than 80,000 deaths.