Get local help to stop smoking for Stoptober

Healthy Lifestyle Advisors in Telford and Wrekin are ready to help smokers who want to quit this Stoptober.

Telford and Wrekin Council's friendly advisors have helped thousands of local residents to stop smoking with their free and confidential support.

Beginning on October 1, Stoptober is an annual mass stop smoking attempt for the nation that 2.3 million have taken part in since it began 10 years ago.

Stopping smoking brings multiple benefits to health, some immediate and others that build over time. 

Moving better, breathing more easily, improving wellbeing and saving money are some of the benefits. 

The average smoker can save £1,875.60 a year by quitting smoking.

Catherine Sixsmith, Healthy Lifestyle Advisor, said:

"If you think you need some extra support, we are here to help you through 12 weekly one to one sessions.

"Everyone is different, so we tailor to your needs to help you stick to your stop smoking attempt.

"It's free and confidential, so all you need is to be motivated to stop smoking."

Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: 

"Thousands try to quit smoking every year, with Stoptober starting soon, now is as good as time as any to try and stop smoking.

"Stopping smoking brings immediate benefits to health, including for people with an existing smoking-related disease.

"Our Healthy Lifestyle advisors are friendly, available for free, and have helped thousands of residents to stop smoking.

"You don't need to do stop smoking alone - make sure you get in touch for help."

To speak to a Healthy Lifestyles Advisor and to access local stop smoking support search 'Healthy Lifestyles Telford.'

Stoptober also offers a range of free quitting tools for those looking to stop smoking, including:

NHS Quit Smoking app

•Facebook messenger bot

Stoptober Facebook online communities

•daily emails and SMS

•online Personal Quit Plan, which helps people find a combination of support that's right for them, including expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and stop smoking aids

For support to quit search 'Stoptober'.

Pictured: Two of Telford and Wrekin Council's Healthy Lifestyle Advisors, Oliver Gold (left) Catherine Sixsmith (right), who can help people to quit smoking.