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Lincolnshire smokers join nationwide attempt to quit

By Boston Target  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

Launching the government 28 day stop smoking campaign, Stoptober, are, from left, Mike May, programme co-ordinator for the North East Lincolnshire Stop Smoking Service, Councillor, Ros James, portfolio holder for Health and Housing, Geoffrey Barnes, acting director of public health

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SMOKERS across the region are taking part in the first ever nationwide mass quit attempt.

The Stoptober campaign is encouraging Lincolnshire's smokers to join in the 28-day quit programme, which started on October 1.

In Lincolnshire, the campaign is being supported by the Phoenix Stop Smoking Service, NHS Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire County Council.

Those who achieve the 28-day goal are five times more likely to stay smokefree. As well as the financial benefits of stopping smoking, those quitting will experience physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy.

Longer term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke.

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of premature death and each year it accounts for more than 100,000 deaths in the UK. One in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking disease.

Lincolnshire's smokers are being encouraged to take advantage of the specialist support and advice available through the Phoenix Stop Smoking Service, which is part of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).

Stephanie Heathcote, Smoking Cessation Lead at LCHS, said: "The Phoenix Stop Smoking Service works closely with other healthcare professionals, including GPs and pharmacies to give smokers the support they need to quit.

"The service is non-judgemental and offers free appointments to fit around individual need, including late evenings, Saturday and also a telephone service.

"It's never too late to stop smoking and taking part in Stoptober is a great way to motivate yourself and others across the country."

A preparation pack for those taking part in Stoptober is available through the national Stoptober website and from four Phoenix Health Shops in Skegness, Boston, Lincoln and Gainsborough.

Smokers will also receive support and encouragement through a daily messaging service, inspiration from celebrity mentors, and expert advice via a Stoptober app (available via Smartphone), motivational text messages and the Stoptober Facebook page.

Ros Watson, Co-ordinator at the county council-led Lincs Smokefree Alliance, added: "This is the month that could change – and even save – lives, and not just smokers themselves but their families too. Whilst we prepare a consultation to launch Lincolnshire's five-year Tobacco Control Plan to reduce smoking prevalence, Stoptober is simply about individuals taking that control and starting the journey to quitting themselves.

We encourage everyone to get involved, be it supporting a loved one or displaying posters in your business. It would great if Lincolnshire led the way from Stoptober into Movember with cigarettes replaced by moustaches!"

For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, visit smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober or call the Phoenix Stop Smoking Service on 0800 840 1533.

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  • Roadscource  |  October 09 2012, 1:27PM

    "I'll tell you how to quit this dirty filthy disgusting habit" Nobody would have to if tobacco sales were ceased immediately, they did it for Scoll Bandits that chewing tobacco stuff. If you went to the Government and told them you had invented a new product that was highly addictive, can cause cancer and heart disease and even affects those no partaking in its consumption what do you think te response would be?

  • Adrian1208  |  October 07 2012, 6:00AM

    I'll tell you how to quit this dirty filthy disgusting habit, that is to go on the chest ward at the city hospital in Nottingham and watch most of them dieing.. As for the woman who thinks the NHS will suffer if she stops "get a life"

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  • InsideStory  |  October 06 2012, 6:29PM

    My experience with the stop smoking courses is that the advisers don't know enough about the various products they advice you to go on and often under prescribe dosage which defeats the objective and people soon give up on the course and go back to smoking. My last adviser was actually a trained midwife and didn't prescribe me enough of the product to last me until next consultation.

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  • lynnlincoln  |  October 06 2012, 10:11AM

    I've just recently returned from Russia, everywhere I looked people were smoking, a friend asked me to bring back some loose tobacco for his roll-ups, an easy quest, certainly not, none could be found anywhere. Why, because cigs are 60/70p for twenty.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  October 05 2012, 10:23PM

    I was quite excited when I read the headline - local smokers joining a national campaign - and this feeling was reinforced when I read that smokers "across the region" are joining in. Unfortunately, I could not find any evidence of anybody who has actually stopped smoking, rather than being 'encouraged' or 'supported'. Both words appear several times, in a variety of tenses and forms, but at no point could I find "... has stopped and said ...", or "... people have given up".

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  October 05 2012, 6:03PM

    Good luck to you.

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  • Vexxed  |  October 05 2012, 12:06PM

    Good luck to everyone who is stopping! I'm using the e-cig method, which so far is working extremely well. My health stats are now those of an ex smoker and are improving everyday. Plus the money saved already is fantastic! The only thing that worries me is where all the money will come from from the loss of revenue of tobacco sales. The average taxation has now risen to £5.84 per packet of 20 cigarettes that cost £6.77 The figure of around 10 million people smoke in the UK is quoted by the NHS, so that is £58+ million a day, although coming out of the EU costs around the same. £1.50 of that tax is now guaranteed to the NHS funding system, which is already strapped for cash, so can they do with £15 Million less per day? I guess the government is holding on to the belief that hardened smokers will continue to waste money on this. I for one, will not. They've had all the money they are going to get from me. I'm glad they are doing this though, I've never met a smoker who doesn't wish they'd never started. Any way, that's my little party political broadcast over. If like me, you've tried for years to quit with the patches, gum and that inhalator thing to no avail, then try the intellicig. It's worked wonders. Usually, I'm chewing the plaster off the walls by now and I feel so much better already. Again, good luck to all! I hope you quit, spend the money you save on yourself!

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