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Split up with smoking this October Posted on 11 Oct 2019

Join the thousands who are splitting up with smoking this October. Health bosses in Warwickshire North are encouraging residents to take part in Stoptober, a month-long challenge to quit smoking.

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK – killing around 78,000 people every year and leaving many more with life-altering illnesses. Serious illnesses such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease have all been linked to smoking. Quitting will make a huge difference to your overall health and you will notice improvements almost instantly.

A spokesperson at NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity to stop smoking. It sets you a feasible short-term goal, but who knows, you may be able to keep it up past October.

“We understand that giving up smoking is extremely difficult – that’s why the NHS provide several different types of support services. These include the Smokefree app and one-to-one or group stop smoking sessions.”

There are several options to help you quit smoking. E-cigarettes, receiving daily support with the new Stoptober app, as well as using a number of nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches and chewing gum are all great ways to help you quit.

The spokesperson added: “Once you stop smoking you will notice a change in your pulse within minutes and your breathing will become easier within 72 hours. Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. I would encourage all smokers to give Stoptober a go.”

To find out more about the services available to help you quit smoking, visit the NHS website.

To find out more about Stoptober, visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober

© NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group
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