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Make October ‘Stoptober’ and quit for good

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08 September 2017

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A special drop in session, arranged by Enfield Council, is being held at the Civic Centre in Enfield Town on Friday 22 September.

  • Stoptober urges people to stub out the cigs for good
  • Special event on 22 September urges anyone interesting in quitting to attend
  • Stopping smoking is good for your health and your pocket

A special drop in session, arranged by Enfield Council, is being held at the Civic Centre in Enfield Town on Friday 22 September.

It is to support Stoptober, a nationwide challenge to help people to stop smoking, taking place during October.

The event will allow people to find out more about how to stub out cigarettes for good, for example by speaking confidentially to health professionals, getting information, and finding out all the different ways Enfield supports its quitters.

During the 28-day quitting challenge, there will be lots of support to smokers on their quitting journey from our health partner ‘Quit 51’ who offer support and medication to help to ditch smoking for life.

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK, every year around 100,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses.

Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions. Some may be fatal and others can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health.

You can become ill if you smoke yourself or through other people's smoke (passive smoking).

Smoking causes about 90% of lung cancers,  It also causes cancer in many other parts of the body, including the mouth, lips, throat, voice box, oesophagus, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach and pancreas.

Smoking also damages your heart and your blood circulation, increasing your risk of developing conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, damaged blood vessels and arteries, asthma and emphysema.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: "We'll be offering lots of help and support to smokers who want to kick the habit and I'd urge people who want to quit to give it a go during Stoptober. All the research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are much more likely to give up for good so now is a good time to start.

“Quitting smoking is not only great for your health, but it’s good for your pocket when you add up how much money you will save when you do not have to regularly buy cigarettes which are expensive.

“We want strong communities in Enfield so to find out more head to our open day on the 22 September at the Civic Centre, starting at 11am or go online to see how you can breathe easily during Stoptober.”

To find out more about quitting smoking go to: Quit51  or HealthyEnfield