Still time to take the 28-day Stoptober challenge

THERE is still time to join the Stoptober challenge, kick the habit and add an extra seven days to your life for every 28 days you remain smokefree.

Although 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, it’s not too late, there’s still time to join.
Reducing the number of people smoking is a key health target for Thurrock as smoking related deaths are high locally.

A report published by Public Health England* earlier this year showed that in Thurrock, smoking-related deaths occur in almost 236 out of every 100,000 people. Thurrock residents also top the table in deaths from lung cancer, lung cancer registrations and smoking-related hospital admissions in the East of England.

Hundreds of smokers across Thurrock are expected to have taken up the Stoptober challenge on 1 October and by now, many would have started feeling better.

The health benefits of quitting are quickly noticed – within two days of not smoking, nicotine will have disappeared from the smoker’s body and their
sense of smell and taste will have improved. A day later they will be less breathless and more energetic.

The NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group and Thurrock Council are working together to improve the health outcomes of Thurrock residents and reduce health inequalities across the borough.

Reducing the number of people smoking is a key health target for Thurrock as smoking related deaths are high locally.

A report published by Public Health England* earlier this year showed that in Thurrock, smoking-related deaths occur in almost 236 out of every 100,000 people. Thurrock residents also top the table in deaths from lung cancer, lung cancer registrations and smoking-related hospital admissions in the East of England.

NHS Thurrock CCG and Thurrock Council are encouraging Thurrock residents who wish to stop smoking to pick up a Stoptober Preparation Pack with quitting tools and support information from the reception in the council’s New Road, Grays offices. They can also seek advice on how to quit from their GP or pharmacist or contact Vitality, the local stop-smoking service.

Dr Pro Mallik, NHS Thurrock CCG’s GP lead for Health and Wellbeing, said: “A person who stops smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to remain smokefree.”

“The CCG is taking every opportunity to work with its partners and providers to ensure that we support patients in Thurrock to reduce these statistics and poor health outcomes.”

Dr Andrea Atherton, Director of Public Health for Thurrock Council added: “Although we are starting to see levels of smoking fall in Thurrock, it is still the biggest cause of premature death across the country and one in two long- term smokers die as a result of smoking.”

“Taking part in the Stoptober challenge is a first step to a longer and healthier life, so we would encourage all smokers in Thurrock to join the thousands of others taking part and help to dramatically improve their long and short term health.”

Quitting smoking brings financial benefits too. The average smoker will save more than £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year from quitting. During last year’s campaign, a staggering £25 million was saved by the 160,000 people who successfully took the challenge.

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