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Stop smoking this Stoptober

27th September 2016

Nearly 4,000 people in Hertfordshire stubbed out cigarettes for Stoptober last year and Three Rivers District Council is encouraging even more residents to give up smoking and start the road towards a healthier life. 

Quitting smoking can change your life, as 65 year old Peter Much from Watford explains: “I was referred to Hertfordshire’s Stop Smoking Service. I was offered lots of options and decided to try tablets (Champix), which worked perfectly. It was the best thing I’ve ever done, I feel brilliant. After only one week my reading on the carbon monoxide test had gone down from an average reading to that of a non-smoker. You have to know in your mind that you want to stop smoking, and then the support available helps you stick to it.”

Councillor Alison Scarth, Lead Member of Health, said “"We are pleased to be supporting local people who want to kick the habit through the free support provided. Smoking is the number one preventable killer in Hertfordshire and across the UK, and we urge all smokers in the district to take advantage of the service and take part in the month of Stoptober."

Stoptober is part of the One You the Public Health England campaign to help adults get heathier around behaviours such as eating, drinking, stress, sleeping and of course smoking. Residents can go online any time and take the ‘How Are You’ quiz to find out what their health score is and get tips and ideas on easy ways to improve their habits. To take the quiz and find out more about the range of support available in Hertfordshire, visit www.hertsdirect.org/oneyou  

Making better choices today could prevent conditions like type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and reduce our risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life. 

Visit the Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service now so that you are supported by the service to take up the Stoptober challenge this October. The service provides free, local stop smoking support to anyone who lives or works in Hertfordshire. Text SMOKEFREE to 80818 or call 0800 389 3 998 for help to quit.  There’s also lots of useful information at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/stopsmoking