Luton Council is encouraging smokers to ‘find their best way to quit’ this Stoptober.
Six in 10 smokers want to quit but most try to quit using willpower alone (or ‘cold turkey’) despite this being the least effective method. The most successful quit attempts use a combination of effective stop smoking support methods.
Total Wellbeing Luton is hosting smoking cessation information events, details of which can be found by visiting www.totalwellbeingluton.org . They will be at The Mall on 4 October from 8am-6pm and at Well and Wise Space Library on 11 October from 1.30pm-5pm to offer information and advice. If you have been thinking of quitting, come and have a chat for support and advice.
Jo Meola, Health Specialist Manager – Stop Smoking, Total Wellbeing Luton said:
“Many people want to quit smoking but far too many try without support and they end up going back to smoking after a short period. Stop smoking aids and face-to-face support from local stop smoking services are proven methods of support that help many thousands of people to quit each year. At our clinics, we are offering support and advice on what might work best for you to enable you to quit for good.”
The best way to quit is with expert help from local stop smoking services together with stop smoking aids - with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement products (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes. In 2017-18, half (51%) of smokers who got this package of support managed to quit and among those who used an e-cigarette in their quit attempt, the success rate was up to 63%
Councilor Rachel Hopkins, portfolio holder for public health said:
“If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Become part of the movement and join thousands this Stoptober who are determined to become smokefree. There is plenty of support available from the stop smoking services in Luton to help you. I urge anyone thinking of quitting smoking to give Stoptober a chance and see how it could make a huge difference to your aspiration.”
Stoptober is based on research that if you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you are five times more likely to quit for good.
Darren Leney who attended a Smoking Cessation Clinic to quit smoking, said:
“I wanted to quit smoking as it affected my breathing and health. However, I did not have the willpower to do it on my own. At the Stop Smoking Clinic, my advisor took me through an assessment and explained what to expect. We then agreed on goals that I would work towards which I thought were achievable including regular visits to the clinic and staying away from people who smoke while I tried to quit. I used a combination of methods which included nicotine replacement medication, quit smoking aids, exercise and eating healthier...with the support and advice of the Stop Smoking Clinic I was able to quit and I can proudly say that I have been smokefree for 11 weeks. I feel less stressed and more alive and I am able to enjoy my life.”
New to this year, Public Health England’s Stoptober campaign is offering a free online ‘Personal Quit Plan’ to help smokers find the right stop smoking support for them. The online plan asks a number of questions and provides smokers with a suggested combination of support based on their level of tobacco dependency and what quitting support they have used previously. Smokers will be advised that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products are most effective when used in combination – an all-day patch together with a fast-acting option such as an inhaler or lozenges to help them deal with any immediate cravings.
Search ‘Stoptober’ to use the Personal Quit Plan and to find out about the range of free and proven support available to help you start your quitting journey on the 1st October.