First for Wellbeing officially launches its Stoptober campaign on 21st September in Northamptonshire, joining a national movement to support people who want to stop smoking during the month of October.

The campaign runs from mid-September to the end of October, and is part of the country’s 28-day mass quit attempt from Public Health England (PHE), which encourages people to quit together for a month in an attempt to quit for good.

First for Wellbeing’s Specialist Stop Smoking service offers free advice, support and information to anyone in the county wishing to give up smoking. The service is run by professional First for Wellbeing advisors and specialists, and can be accessed from a range of locations across the county or over the phone.

First for Wellbeing Stop Smoking Specialist, Richard Holley explains why Stoptober is a proven and effective way to help people stop smoking.

“This year’s Stoptober campaign is the perfect chance to quit smoking for good and utilise the large range of free support and resources offered by First for Wellbeing.

One of the biggest benefits of taking part in Stoptober is that it ensures you won’t be quitting alone. Every year thousands of people across the country accept the challenge and quit for 28 days in the month of October.

By quitting smoking for just 28 days you are 5 times more likely to quit for good, which will significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, COPD, and a variety of cancers. Smoking remains one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the UK and causes around 96,000 deaths a year. Of these 96,000, approximately 1000 of these people are Northamptonshire residents.

We want to ensure that every smoker in the county knows that free support is available via the First for Wellbeing specialist stop smoking service. By accessing our service you are up to 4 times more likely to stop and stay stopped than when trying to quit alone. If you would like to take part in Stoptober, contact us today and take the first step to a healthier and happier you.”

First for Wellbeing will have their specialist advisors on hand in the Grosvenor Centre from 2nd-6th October and in Corby’s Willow Place shopping centre from 16-21st October should you wish to speak to them in person.

If you are unable to see the team out and about, you can access free support over the phone on 0300 126 5700 or online at where you will be able to access specialist support.

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