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GPs urge smokers to stub it out for Stoptober

User AvatarPosted by Hayley Smith at 30/09/2016 12:42:39

GPs in Ashford, Tenterden and the surrounding area are backing the Stoptober campaign by supporting smokers to sign up and stub out.

With data showing that 17 per cent of Kent residents are smokers (above the South East and national average), the local NHS and Kent County Council (KCC) are promoting Stoptober and reminding residents of the many support services available for those who want to quit.

Dr Navin Kumta, a local GP and chair of NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We know that quitting smoking is not easy, but Stoptober is a perfect time to try again. The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to stop smoking. There is more help and support available now than ever before. So I would urge smokers to sign up to the Stoptober challenge and make 2016 the year you quit for good.”

KCC Director for Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark, said: “Research shows that if you stop smoking for 28-days you are five times more likely to quit for good. We are encouraging our 200,600 smokers to take part in this year’s Stoptober campaign and take advantage of the quit kits and other resources and services available locally – we’re aiming for a Smokefree Kent.”

Commissioned by KCC, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust offers year-round support to quit smoking and also runs a series of special Stoptober Quit Clubs. 

Anne Ford, Assistant Director for Health Improvement for KCHFT said: “Our friendly and professional team can support you to go smokefree in October and stay smokefree, for life. We’ve got hundreds of different Quit Clubs and one-to-one clinics across Kent so you’re sure to find a time and place to suit you. This year as well as personal sessions we’re also giving away hundreds of free Quit Kits to anyone who wants to have a go at the month-long challenge by themselves. You’re up to 10 times more likely to quit with help, so get the support you need.” 

Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers nationally who made a quit attempt during Stoptober, 500,000 people (20 per cent) were successful - the highest recorded success rate and up from just 13.6 per cent six years ago. From the app, email and social media support including Facebook Messenger, to more information about the expert face to face support that local Stop Smoking Services can offer, as well as the different types of stop smoking aids available; including medicines and e-cigarettes – Stoptober is here to help you.

KCC supports Stoptober as part of its Smokefree Kent campaign which features former smokers who live and work in the county, promoting the different support options available to those who want to give up cigarettes. Adverts on social media highlight real life stories and local services such as pharmacies and NHS quit clubs and “do it yourself” quit kits and digital tools (such as mobile apps) to support people who want to quit independently. You can find out more about KCC’s Smokefree campaign and sign up to Stoptober at www.kent.gov.uk/stoptober

More information on the Kent support services and quit kits can also be found by ringing 0300 123 1220 (option 1), at www.kenthealthandwellbeing.nhs.ukor text ‘QUIT’ to 87023.