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Smokers encouraged to quit for Stoptober

25th September 2017

Smokers in Wirral are being encouraged to take the first steps to quitting as part of the national Stoptober campaign.

Free, local support from health experts at ABL Wirral, working in partnership with Wirral Council, is available to anyone who wants to cut out cigarettes or wants help switching to or quitting e-cigs.

Elizabeth Woodworth, Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Lead at ABL Wirral, said: “Since we started the service last year we’ve supported more than 2,000 people to stop smoking so what we do really works. We work in communities across the borough so this support is being offered right on your doorstep. I’d encourage anyone who is ready to take the first steps to quitting to contact us today and let us help you on your journey to a healthier life.”

Cllr Chris Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health, Wirral Council says: “Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and there has never been a better time to stop smoking.  If you stop smoking for 28 days then you are five times more likely to stop for good, improving both your own and your family’s health.

“I encourage everyone in Wirral who smokes to take on the challenge this year.  With the help of our local stop smoking advisers and the campaign’s support and motivation, I am sure we will have another successful Stoptober.”

During Stoptober, the ABL Wirral team will be out and about in the borough offering free advice to people thinking of quitting. Keep checking www.ablwirral.co.uk for up to date information. In addition, free advice and support will be on offer at The Information Bank at Arrowe Park Hospital on Friday 29th September from 12.30pm-2.30pm.

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you.

For expert face-to-face advice from ABL Wirral, call 0151 541 5656, text ABL to 60777, email  wiccg.ablwirral@nhs.net or visit www.ablwirral.co.uk for more information.

You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes.

In addition, Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. Search Stoptober or visit http://po.st/Stop17_Wirral to find out more.