Smokers in Kirklees are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, which begins on 1 October 2018.
Quitting smoking is easier with the right support. The most successful quit attempts are made with a combination of quit methods, so this year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them – with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.
The best way to quit is with expert help from stop smoking services together with stop smoking aids. Your local stop smoking support can be found here – www.kirklees.gov.uk/smokingcessation Some GP practices, pharmacies and community organisations in Kirklees offer this service.
Dr David Kelly local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Become part of the movement and join thousands this Stoptober who are determined to become smokefree.”
To date, Stoptober has driven 1.7 million quit attempts and quitting success rates are at an all-time high. Stoptober also offers a range of extra free quitting support including a Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.
Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG added: “Stopping smoking can significantly improve your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate.”
After 20 minutes, blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal, after 8 hours carbon monoxide level in the blood reduces by half and oxygen level return to normal and after 48 hours carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris and the ability to taste and smell greatly improves.
Search ‘Stoptober’ to get your free Personal Quit Plan and find the support that’s right for you.