As part of the national Stoptober campaign this October, NHS East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are asking residents to give up smoking for the month.
Quitting smoking will have a number of benefits on your health. The top five benefits are:
- Stopping smoking adds years to your life
- Improved smell and taste
- Physical activities including running and walking become much easier
- Feel less stressed.
Other benefits include protecting your family from second-hand smoke and saving money.
How to stop
Smokers have many more options available to them these days. We still recommend that you speak with the Quit Squad as your first choice. We know that you are 4 times more likely to quit if you do this professional support.
Call the Quit Squad on: 0800 328 6297 or check out their website: http://www.quitsquad.nhs.uk/index.php
E-cigs have helped thousands of people to reduce or stop smoking completely. The official line from the NHS in 2018 is that e-cigs are 95% safer than smoking tobacco. E-cigs are not 100 % safe, and hasn’t been around for health experts to know what the long term effects will be. Vaping can be a way of reducing your risks without withdrawal from nicotine
There are several options to help you quit smoking. These include using e-cigarettes; receiving daily support with the new Stoptober application (app), as well as using a number of nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches and chewing gum.
The NHS app, ‘Stoptober’ helps you stay on track for the whole 31 days of October by providing daily support and motivation while distracting you when you are craving for a cigarette.
Dr Stuart Berry, GP lead for respiratory conditions at the CCGs said:
“The health benefits that come from quitting smoking are extensive. Though quitting can be difficult I encourage you to persevere because it is worth it”.
“No one is alone in trying to quit smoking – help is out there for everyone. We have clinics around the region that can offer advice on how to quit; tips on how to manage tricky situations and medication that is proven to help reduce the cravings for cigarettes”.
“With the support of your local NHS Stop Smoking Service, smokers are four times more likely to succeed in stopping smoking than if they go ‘cold turkey’”.
To find out more about Stoptober and what help and support is available, visit the Stoptober website: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober
To find out more about the stop smoking service, for the Blackburn with Darwen area visit http://www.refreshbwd.com/health-topic/smoking
For East Lancashire visit: https://www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Stop-Smoking or call the Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84.