Help for Eastbourne’s smokers

A COUNTYWIDE campaign to cut smoking is being launched next month.

Smokers are being encouraged to take part in the first ever mass quit attempt launched by the Department of Health – called ‘Stoptober.’

A spokesperson said, “We know that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay smokefree.

“Stoptober leads smokers through a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve this goal.

“East Sussex County Council and East Sussex Stop Smoking Services are supporting the campaign in a bid to get people to quit.”

Stoptober includes a preparation pack, 28-day Quit Calendar and Health & Wealth information wheel.

Smokers will also receive support and encouragement through a daily messaging service, inspiration from celebrity mentors and expert advice. Cllr Keith Glazier, the lead member for public health, said, “This is an important campaign for the health of people in East Sussex.

“I hope smokers will get involved. I know that giving up smoking isn’t easy, but with the help of Stoptober it can be achieved.”

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of premature death in East Sussex. On average there are 1,040 smoking related deaths in the county each year. To register for the material and find out more visit the dedicated website at: http://smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober/