Stoptober help to quit smoking

A HEALTH centre in Sheffield is urging smokers to attend workshops to help them quit cigarettes as part of a nationwide campaign.

Stoptober is a Government drive encouraging people to give up smoking for October, and is being supported by the NHS Walk-In Centre on Broad Lane.

Extra support and advice will be on offer, in addition to the centre’s regular free smoking cessation sessions.

Stoptober is the first 28-day ‘quit attempt’ of its kind. It was set up after research found smokers who manage to stop for 28 days are five times more likely to give up permanently, and is backed by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Christian Ellwood, operations manager at the Broad Lane centre, said: “We understand that smoking can be very difficult to beat, therefore providing the right support and guidance can make all the difference to someone considering quitting.”

She added: “We would recommend that all smokers wanting to give up should take part in the Stoptober campaign and, as a service, we’re working to help as many people as possible win their battle to give up smoking for good.”

During the workshops, participants are provided with specialist advice on how to quit and share their experiences with others.

n To book an appointment or join a group, call 0114 241 2700. Visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober for more details.