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How will you quit this Stoptober?

Posted on the 23rd September 2016

The Quit Squad is encouraging people who smoke, vape or chew in Lancashire to sign up to the 28-day Stoptober quitting challenge to help them quit using tobacco products for good this October.

It has been proven that people who quit for the 28 days during Stoptober are five times more likely to quit and it’s not too late to start quitting and make a difference to your health. The Quit Squad, a service run by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and funded by Lancashire County Council, says that kicking the habit can help reduce the risk of illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes and some cancers and can also significantly improve blood pressure and circulation.

Thousands of people sign up every year and succeed in making their smoking a thing of the past. If you live in Lancashire and are thinking of taking up the challenge this year, why not come to see a Quit Squad advisor to plan your Stoptober quit. You are 4 times more likely to stop with specialist help than without.

Helen Hatcher from the Quit Squad said: “As a service our mission is to help as many people as possible stop smoking for good. We’re asking people, how will you quit this Stoptober? Evidence shows that you are 5 times more likely to quit if you complete the Stoptober challenge and can feel happier and more relaxed in the long term after stopping. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of illness and preventable death accounting for 80,000 deaths in England a year which is why it’s so important to encourage and support those who want to make a change and lead a healthier life.

“It is not too late to sign up! Stoptober is for anyone who smokes and there is support throughout the month. To get support, contact the Quit Squad on 0800 328 6297 and plan your Stoptober quit. You are 4 times more likely to quit with specialist help than without. The support includes the 28-day Stoptober App and text support which provide daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people all quitting together. Be sure to refer yourselves in as soon as possible to be sure of getting your appointment, plan and product before 1 October.”

As part of the Stoptober campaign, the Quit Squad will also be within your local community out and about inviting local residents to ‘Know Your CO’ by taking part in Carbon Monoxide (CO) screening. CO is a poisonous gas which is taken into the bloodstream of smokers when they smoke, replacing some of the oxygen. This means that the heart has to work a lot harder to get oxygen around the body which causes shortness of breath, tiredness and damage to the heart.

CO screening is a non-invasive test that will be offered free of charge. It takes less than a minute to conduct and involves a simple ‘blow’ test with the results immediately available. Anyone having a CO screen will be given a copy of their results and advice on how to reduce a high reading. You can access this simple test at venues across Lancashire. Visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk or your local pharmacy for more details.

The benefits to quitting are endless from a better sense of smell and taste to breathing easier and protecting your family from the dangers of secondhand smoke. The 28-day challenge starts on Saturday 1 October. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search “Stoptober” online and sign up. To contact the Quit Squad, telephone (freephone) 0800 328 6297 or 01254 283370/ 01772 644474, or visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk. Also follow the Quit Squad on Twitter using @LancashireCare #QuitSquad.