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Weekly Edition - Published  29 September 2016

 

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Stoptober returns to Wirral to challenge smokers

STOPTOBER, the 28 day quitting challenge is back for its 5th year after a successful 2015 which saw 1,422 smokers in Wirral sign up to quit smoking for good.

Stoptober has made a big impact on the local community already, helping to lower smoking rates to 18.9% in Wirral, however some areas in the borough still have rates as high as 32%. Wirral Council is encouraging local smokers to join the thousands of people making a change this October for a healthier future.

The campaign has returned with even more free motivational support including support via the Stoptober app, a daily email service and Facebook Messenger both which, when cravings strike, can provide instant support.

ABL Wirral's stop smoking service and pharmacies are also available 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 ABL Wirral on 0151 541 5656 or text ABL to 60777.

Cllr Janette Williamson said:- "Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across Wirral to quit together alongside friends, family and hundreds 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."

Fiona Johnstone, Director of Public Health adds:- "Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health. With the help of our local stop smoking advisers and the campaign's support and motivation, I am sure we will have another successful Stoptober.  I encourage everyone in Wirral who smokes to take on the Stoptober challenge this year. You will start to see the benefits very quickly, not only to your health but also to the money in your pocket. If you stop smoking for 28 days then you are 5 times more likely to stop for good, improving both your own and your family's health."

 

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