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Get help kicking the habit this Stoptober

Help is at hand for Waltham Forest residents planning to quit smoking by taking part in the 28-day Stoptober challenge this October.


Thousands of smokers across the country will be taking the 28-day challenge, which is part of Public Health England’s campaign to help people kick the habit. Research shows that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stop for good.


There are four local NHS Stop Smoking clinics in Waltham Forest offering face to face support and expert advice on how to manage any withdrawal symptoms. Appointments can be booked by calling 020 8532 6284. Clinic venues are as follows:


Comely Bank 46 Ravenswood Road, E17 9LY


St James 47 St James’ Street, E17 7NH


Langthorne Health Centre 13 Langthorne Road, E11 4HX


Whipps Cross Hospital Whipps Cross Road, E11 1NR


There will also be a Stoptober roadshow in Walthamstow Town Square on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October, 10am to 4pm, offering further encouragement and advice to anyone taking the 28-day challenge.


If residents are unable to make it to a clinic or roadshow, NHS Stop Smoking Services also have a telephone quit line which is open to anyone who needs information or advice. The quit line number is 0800 032 0102, and is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, and Saturday 10am-12noon.


NHS Stop Smoking Services offers advice and support on a one-to-one basis at a variety of settings including clinics, GP practices and local pharmacies. Stop smoking medication like patches and gum are available on prescription to help combat any cravings. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree.


“If you want to stop smoking for good there are a range of services available offering useful help and advice,” said Cllr Ahsan Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.


“People who use support services are four more times more likely to quit than those who try to go it alone, so I encourage smokers to use the support available. Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you, and it is never too late to quit.”


There are many health benefits from giving up smoking, including adding seven days to your life expectancy for every 28 days you are smoke free. It can also make your bank balance look healthier too, with savings for smokers giving up estimated to be around £150 a month.


The Stoptober campaign offers a range of other support tools such as apps, packs and emails to allow smokers to personalise their quit attempt according to their needs and motivation. For more information visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober


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