NHS launch Stoptober campaign

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 September 2012

1,600 smokers quit last year through NHS North Somerset

1,600 smokers quit last year through NHS North Somerset

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WESTON'S Italian Gardens will be dominated by a giant red ball on Friday as NHS North Somerset kick-starts its Stoptober campaign.

The Department of Health has launched the inaugural Stoptober month – a 28-day challenge encouraging smokers to kick the habit.

NHS staff will be on hand throughout the day to offer advice to anyone wanting to sign up to the imitative.

NHS North Somerset helped 1,600 smokers quit last year and hope Stoptober will encourage hundreds more.

Fiona Miles, NHS North Somerset’s healthy lifestyle manager said: “We want to help as many people in North Somerset as possible to become smoke-free.

“We know trying to stop smoking can be a difficult and sometimes lonely challenge for many people.

“Stoptober offers smokers a supportive and encouraging way in which to become smoke-free in 28 days.

“It encourages smokers to share their experiences and tap into all the social support that is available.”

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