Smokers challenged to quit for a month
A CHALLENGE has been set for Bristol smokers to give up the habit for a month.
NHS Bristol and Smokefree South West have launched the Stoptober challenge to encourage people to give up smoking for 28 days next month.
Research suggests that stopping smoking for 28 days makes it five times more likely that smokers will give up for good. As part of the campaign people who take up the challenge will be given a pack to help them prepare to give up.
They will also receive support and encouragement through a daily messaging service, inspiration from celebrity mentors, and expert advice by text message, through a smartphone application and social networking site Facebook.
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Smoking is one of the biggest cause of premature death in Bristol and each year it accounts for more than 100,000 deaths in the UK.
Figures show that more than one in five adults in the UK smoke, but that two-thirds want to quit. In Bristol alone, 88,000 adults are estimated to smoke, with many of them wanting to give up.
Jo Burchill, of Mangotsfield, said: "We gave up in February and we are starting to feel much healthier. The hardest part was breaking the habit and now that we have, we're really starting to notice the difference."
Stoptober 2012 kicks off on Monday, October 1. For more information and to take part visit smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober.