Stoptober campaign comes to city centre

Published on 04 October 2016

PEOPLE wanting to give up smoking as part of this year’s Stoptober campaign can get help and advice thanks to a roadshow taking place in Leicester city centre this week. 

On Thursday, October 6, the Leicester City Stop Smoking Service will be staffing a ‘Time to Switch’ campaign bus on Humberstone Gate, outside Primark, from 10am to 4pm.

Staff will be on hand offering advice on different ways of giving up smoking, including using nicotine patches, lozenges or stop smoking medications.

The Stoptober campaign is a national initiative to encourage smokers to quit during October. Research shows that smokers who can successfully kick the habit for a month boost their chances of quitting permanently five-fold.

Leicester deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who has responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “The Stoptober campaign is there for anyone who wants to quit smoking, and this roadshow is there to ensure people can get the help and advice they need to help quit.

“People who can stay smoke-free for 28 days have a really good chance of successfully quitting long-term, so Stoptober is a great starting point for who are determined to quit, but need help to get them off on the right footing. 

“Quitting tobacco is one of the best things smokers can do to improve their health, and it’s never too late to quit. 

“The body begins to recover within hours and days of quitting, and the health benefits can last a lifetime.”

For more information on the Leicester City Stop Smoking Service, visit http://www.stopsmokingleic.co.uk

More details about Stoptober are available at:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home#kyvvSHRf3F0i12FY.97 

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