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Still time to join the Stoptober challenge and quit smoking

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Published: 01/10/2014

Smokers are being encouraged to take the 28-day Stoptober Challenge and quit smoking for good during October.

The national Stoptober campaign officially launches today (October 1) and so far more than 160 people in South Gloucestershire have signed up for support from the council and Smokefree South Gloucestershire to make a quit attempt. If you haven’t already signed up, there is still time to join.

Visit for a Stoptober pack. You will also receive support via email and texts to help you succeed in what is well known to be a tough task.

Remaining smoke free for 28 days means you’re five times more likely to stop for good and is not only beneficial to your health but your finances too.

Dr Mark Pietroni, South Gloucestershire Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Last year’s Stoptober campaign was a huge success with over 250,000 people in England and Wales taking part. Over 65 per cent of people taking the challenge reached 28 days – making them five times more likely to quit for good so if you want help to stop smoking join us for Stoptober.

“The benefits of quitting are well known, but smokers who have quit the habit know that while it can be hard to overcome the cravings, the pay-off is certainly worth it and after just 28 days smokers will start to feel the financial, physical and health benefits, including better sense of taste and smell and a reduced risk of lung cancer and heart disease.”

For advice and support along the way contact Smokefree South Gloucestershire on 01454 865502 or email Visit

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