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Kent’s smokers urged to swap fags for gags in Stoptober

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Kent County Council, Sep 23, 2014. Replies: 0 | Views: 1149

  1. Kent County Council is supporting the Stoptober campaign starting next week, urging smokers to sign up and stub out.


    The national campaign, run by Public Health England from 1 October, has enlisted the help of top comedians including Paddy McGuinness and Al Murray to encourage the nation's eight million smokers to register and stop smoking for 28 days, based on evidence that shows you are five times more likely to stop for good if you go smoke free for four weeks.

    Among the success stories from last year's campaign is 67-year-old Terry Snell from Maidstone. The retired fire officer said:
    Meanwhile, sandwich-delivery lady Karen Castle has also quit with the help of the Kent Stop Smoking Service. The mum-of-three from Detling said:
    As part of its public health responsibility, KCC is promoting the services available for those who want to quit. It has also signed up to Government consultations seeking to introduce plain packaging on cigarette packets and to ban smoking in cars when children are on board.

    Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said:
    Commissioned by KCC, Kent Community Health NHS Trust (KCHT) offers year-round support to quit smoking and also runs a series of special Stoptober Quit Clubs. Graham Thomas, the Stop Smoking Manager for KCHT said:
    Quitting smoking can be a difficult process but successfully quitting has significant health, monetary and social benefits. Dr Graham Bickler, Director of the Public Health England Centre for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, said:
    Any smokers who want to quit can sign up on the Stoptober website. All Stoptober support is free and includes:
    • Stoptober stop smoking pack
    • a 28-day smartphone app, with daily updates and quitting advice
    • text service for daily updates
    • detailed tools and tips for quitting and coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people going through the same thing through Stoptober social media channels.
    Quit Clubs sessions are running at the following venues but please ring 0300 123 1220 for more information and to book:
    • Ramsgate – East Cliff Medical Practice, Dumpton Park
    • Folkestone – Salvation Army, Canterbury Road
    • Ashford – Sydenham House, Mill Court and Adult Education, Church Road
    • Sittingbourne – Asda community room, Mill Way
    • Canterbury – Adult Education, Canterbury School, Knight Avenue
    • Dartford – Adult Education, Summerhill Road
    • Gravesend – Adult Education, Darnley Road
    • Tunbridge Wells – Adult Education, Monson Road
    • Sevenoaks – Council offices, Argyle Road
    • Tonbridge – Adult Education, Avery Street.
    If you are interested in finding out more about stopping smoking, visit the Kent Health and Wellbeing website.

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