Are you ready for Stoptober?

THURROCK Council – which took responsibility for public health this year – will be playing an important local role in next month’s Stoptober campaign aimed at getting people to quit smoking.

The council’s public health team will be working alongside Public Health England in the Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation backed drive.

Stoptober is a 28-day quit attempt to encourage the nation’s eight million smokers to take the first steps towards a smoke-free future.

If smokers can stop for 28 days they are five times more likely to stop for good.

Anybody who would like to stop smoking can pick up a Stoptober Preparation Pack with quitting tools and support information from reception in Thurrock Council’s New Road, Grays offices, or talk to a pharmacy or GP.

For more support, contact the local stop-smoking service Vitality during September’s countdown this month and in Stoptober itself.

The countdown to the quit date of 1 October starts on 20 September so people should start looking out for Stoptober information from then.

To obtain help and support to start the countdown to your quit contact Vitality on 0800 0778000 or via www.lovevitality.org

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