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Stoptober - the 28-day quit smoking campaign – is back.

Smokers are being urged to sign up to Stoptober and stub out smoking by Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SCCG).

It wants people to take part in the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stay smoke free for good.

Stoptober launches on 1 October and has driven more than 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country.

All the support you need to quit

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but with Stoptober, you won’t be on your own. Join the thousands quitting smoking with Stoptober and get all the support you need to help you on your quit journey.

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you. You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, you can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services.

Evidence is clear that your local stop smoking service, Help2Quit, offers the most effective way to quit. Help2Quit, part of Shropshire Council’s public health service Help2Change, offers free, expert support from stop smoking specialists – including practice nurses, midwives, pharmacists and school nurses, who provide tailored advice and support that really works. The service has been helping people to quit for over 20 years and has seen over 85,000 clients in that time.

Help2Quit is available in most GP surgeries across Shropshire and is also offered in many pharmacies, community venues, hospitals and selected supermarkets.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. If you can make it to 28 days smoke free, you’re five times more likely to quit for good.”

For more information and to sign up to Stoptober’s 28-day challenge visit http://po.st/Stop17_Shropshire

For more information about Shropshire’s Help2Quit Service call 0345 678 9025 or visit http://www.healthyshropshire.co.uk/topics/stop-smoking

BBC Health News