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Smokers in Guernsey urged to join the Stoptober challenge

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Monday 03 October 2022

The Stoptober challenge is back.

The campaign's aim is to encourage smokers to stop smoking in October and stay stopped for 28 days.  Guernsey Quitline are taking part and so will be offering free support throughout the month and free Nicotine Replacement Therapy, where appropriate, to any individuals or groups wishing to sign up to the challenge.

Quitline Coordinator Kylie Brouard said:

"Smoking remains one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK with half of long term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking related disease. The smoking prevalence in the adult population in Guernsey and Alderney is 13% and, importantly, 16% of deaths in the over 35s locally are smoking-related, indicating that this is still a significant public health problem for Guernsey and Alderney.

This highlights the need for campaigns to raise awareness of the health-harms that are caused by smoking. The great news is that research shows that smokers stopping for 28 days are 5 times more likely to stay smokefree for good.  Our ambition at Guernsey Quitline is to help smokers achieve this goal."

She added:

"The Public Health England campaign has now been running for 10 years and nationally has been a huge success. Along with the health benefits, stopping will save a 20 a day smoker around £280 during the 28 day challenge and almost £3,000 each year if they continue to remain smokefree."

Quitline's aim is to make the service much more accessible and can now offer appointments at different times of day and at clinics around the Island as follows:

Quitline is keen to support small groups of friends, family, or colleagues who wish to take part in the challenge together, as Stoptober is all about supporting and encouraging each other to quit. Appointments can be made for these groups at a mutually convenient time at one of the regular clinic venue or in the case of work groups of 10 or more, in their workplace.

General information on the challenge can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/  and through advertising which will appear on television, radio, in national papers and on social media. For local information and support in Guernsey on the challenge, or any of the regular services available, contact Quitline on 01481 220021, email Quitline@gov.gg or message via the Quitline Facebook page.

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