Spilt up with smoking this October

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Join the thousands who are splitting up with smoking this October. Health bosses in Sandwell and West Birmingham are encouraging residents to take part in Stoptober, a month-long challenge to quit smoking.

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of premature deaths and illness in the UK – killing around 78,000 people every year and leaving many more with life-altering illnesses. Serious illnesses such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease have all been linked to smoking. Quitting will make a huge difference to your overall health and you will notice improvements almost instantly.

Dr Ian Sykes, GP and Chair at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity to stop smoking. It sets you a feasible short-term goal, but who knows, you may be able to keep it up past October.

“We understand that giving up smoking is extremely difficult – that’s why the NHS provide several different types of support services. These include the Smokefree app and one-to-one or group stop smoking sessions.”

There are several options to help you quit smoking. E-cigarettes, receiving daily support with the new Stoptober app, as well as using a number of nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches and chewing gum are all great ways to help you quit.

Dr Sykes added: “Once you stop smoking you will notice a change in your pulse within minutes and your breathing will become easier within 72 hours. Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. I would encourage all smokers to give Stoptober a go.”

To find out more about the services available to help you quit smoking, visit the NHS website.

To find out more about Stoptober, visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober