Stop smoking teams are taking to the streets to urge smokers across Teesside to join the tens of thousands of people taking part in the nation’s biggest ever stop smoking drive.
Stoptober is a national campaign from the Department of Health which encourages smokers to make a quit attempt during the month of October.
Research shows those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober is a great way for smokers to achieve this goal.
Smokers will be able to sign up to Stoptober at roadshows in Redcar, Middlesbrough and Guisborough where stop smoking advisors from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be on hand to offer support and advice.
The team will also be demonstrating the health effects of smoking using carbon monoxide monitors, a poison board and a jar of tar.
Find them at:
- The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, on Monday 8 October
- Guisborough Town Centre on Tuesday 9 October with the Redcar & Cleveland Health Trailer
- Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough (and roving event around the town) on Thursday 11 October
- Redcar Town Centre on Friday 12 October with the Redcar & Cleveland Health Trailer
Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “Most people who smoke begin as children and go on to regret ever starting. Most would love to be rid of tobacco for the sake of their health, for their children and to have more money in their pocket.
“People don’t always find quitting that easy, even though some smokers do manage it first time. But people can make the process easier by using a friendly and free NHS Stop Smoking Service, which boosts your chances of stopping for good.”
To quit visit smokefree.nhs.uk for free support materials including a quitting pack and an online app.
To find your local stop smoking service click here or call 01287 284487.