Doctor Calling – Smokers: why not join in for Stoptober? By Dr Kevin Hill

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South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SLCCG) is supporting Stoptober – England and Wales’ mass 28-day stop smoking challenge following its huge success previously, which saw, nationally, over 215,000 signed up for the challenge last year.

The campaign launches again on 1 October and the benefits associated with stopping smoking include:

One in two long-term smokers die as a result of smoking, this is the single biggest cause of premature death taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK and costing the NHS up to £2.7 billion each year.

• Breathing more easily

• Younger looking skin

• Helps you to live longer

• Gives you more energy

• Saves you money

More than eight million people in England smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking-related disease.

Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke free and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal.”

One in two long-term smokers die as a result of smoking, this is the single biggest cause of premature death taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK and costing the NHS up to £2.7 billion each year.

Stoptober is all about supporting and encouraging each other to quit and having a healthier lifestyle. Taking part in the challenge is a first step to a longer and healthier life so have a go, by stopping with Stoptober.

Stoptober 2013 starts on 1 October and runs for 28 days. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind more information can be found at: http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree