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Join the Stoptober Challenge this October!

The Stoptober challenge returns this month. The 28-day stop smoking challenge saw nearly a quarter of a million people in England and Wales sign up to Stoptober last year, pledging to stop smoking for 28 days.

Research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more like to quit for good.  The mass 28-day challenge is an opportunity for smokers to take the first steps toward better health and save money in the process.

The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every 4 weeks. Stopping for the Stoptober challenge will save them £141 each over 4 weeks, and if they remain smokefree, up to £1,696 in a year.

Local GP and chair of NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Nicola Jones said, "If you are a smoker, taking action to stop smoking is the single most important step you can take to improve your health.  Diseases like throat cancer, mouth cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease are all caused by smoking. 

In the past year, the NHS in Wandsworth helped put 4,800 smokers on the path to a smoke-free future by supporting local GPs to refer patients to the stop smoking service.  Your local GP can give you free and confidential support to help you quit.  Make an appointment with your GP this month, it's never too late to give up, and you are four times more likely to stay smoke-free with our help."

Sign up to the Stoptober challenge and receive your free support pack here:
www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk