Quit smoking with us this Stoptober

Stoptober is back for its 9th year - and this year, where looking after your health has never been more important, Rotherham smokers are being encouraged to join in with the biggest mass quit attempt in the country.

Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge based on evidence which shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to quit for good. If you search ‘Stoptober’ you will find a range of free support tools including the Stoptober App, SMS and email support.

Rotherham smokers wishing to quit this Stoptober can also access FREE support from our smoking cessation programme, which is available for people aged over 18 who are living in Rotherham. The programme includes weekly telephone support and free stop smoking products, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), which are currently being provided either through direct mail or via a local pharmacy.

Get Healthy Rotherham’s Service Manager, Jacqui Reddick, says: “Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health. When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too, and they start almost immediately.

“This year we have seen even more people than ever wanting to stop smoking, and joining in with Stoptober is a great way to do it!  We would like to reassure people that we are still here providing a free service, and we encourage anyone thinking about stopping smoking to contact us to help get the right support they need - it’s never too late to quit!”

Anyone interested in stopping smoking in Rotherham can now text QUIT to 84222. You can also self-refer via this website or call 01709 718720 (lines open 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 2pm every Saturday). For additional information visit https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/