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Smokefree Ealing helps smokers quit during Stoptober

06 Oct 2014

Smokers across Ealing are being encouraged to kick the habit for a minimum of just one month as part of the annual Stoptober campaign.

Experts at the Smokefree Ealing service have been visiting locations across the borough during the past month in an effort to increase awareness and to offer support to local people who want to quit. 

Last year, nearly a quarter of a million people took the Stoptober quit smoking challenge across England and Wales.  Since the campaign launched in 2012, Smokefree Ealing has helped around 4,000 people to give up.

Smokefree Ealing manager, Johnny Nota, said: “We’d like as many people as possible to participate in this campaign.  Stoptober is an ideal opportunity to make full use of all of the available support to quit.  When a person stops smoking for a minimum of one month, they are much more likely to quit in the long-term.”

Johnny added: “If you do manage to quit for a month, you will notice real health benefits.  For example, nicotine would have left the body, breathing becomes easier and your energy levels as well as circulation would have improved.

“As well as the benefits to your wellbeing, your wallet will also be healthier.  The average smoker who successfully quits the habit would save around £150 per month which amounts to around £2,000 each year.”

During the campaign, Smokefree Ealing will be issuing stop smoking information, access to free home fire safety visits and a quit kit which contains practical tips on the most effective ways of giving up.  

For more details of the support available from Smokefree Ealing during Stoptober and beyond, please call 0800 876 6683 or visit www.smokefreeealing.co.uk

For more information, contact the press office on 020 8354 8737 / communications@wlmht.nhs.uk