Stoptober push for residents of Oldham

Date published: 21 September 2018

Smokers in Oldham are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober – the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England.

It begins on 1 October 2018.

They say that quitting smoking is easier with the right support.

The most successful quit attempts are made with a combination of quit methods - and this year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which is designed to help smokers find the right support for them.

Options include face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.

To date, Stoptober has driven 1.7 million quit attempts and quitting success rates are at an all-time high.

Stoptober also offers a range of extra free quitting support including a Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.

If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.

Oldham Stop Smoking Service is also on hand to provide free, expert face-to-face support and guidance.

People who quit with the support of a stop smoking service adviser are four times more likely to successfully stop for good.

You can contact them on 0800 288 9008. The service, commissioned by Oldham Council, is delivered by Positive Steps.

As part of Stoptober activities, the team will be in Oldham Town Centre on Wednesday 3 October providing support and advice with partners from Positive Steps and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “We are working hard to improve the health of our residents.

“Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across Oldham to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in our area.

“There has never been a better time to stop smoking, with lots of help and support available.

“It doesn’t matter how many times you have tried before, call our specialist stop smoking advisers and take on the challenge this year.

“Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and with the help of Oldham Stop Smoking Service the campaign’s support and motivation I am sure we will have another successful Stoptober.”

Search ‘Stoptober’ to get your free Personal Quit Plan and find the support that’s right for you.