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Join the thousands quitting for Stoptober this year!

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Join the thousands quitting for Stoptober this year!
by Mitus Castillo - Friday, 30 September 2016, 9:03 AM


Redbridge College has teamed up with North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) Stop Smoking Service to encourage students and staff members to take part in this year’s Stoptober challenge.

What is Stoptober?

Stoptober is a 28 day challenge to stop smoking during October, and it calls on smokers to quit for good. By signing up to Stoptober you will receive a variety of free and proven support including packs, apps and emails to help you quit for 28 days and beyond.

Why take part?

More and more people around the country and in Redbridge are joining in the challenge as Stoptober has been proven to be a highly effective way to help people stop smoking. Taking part in Stoptober or even giving yourself a target date to quit is a great way to have a goal and will help you stop smoking for good. It will be tough, but there is a lot of support locally to help you along the way, and you will see your quality of life improve.

The start of Stoptober this year coincides with the introduction of new legislation in England and Wales making it illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under the age of 18 present. Both the driver and smoker can be fined if anyone smokes in the vehicle. The law is changing to protect children from the dangers of secondhand smoke. With one less place to smoke there is one more reason to sign up to Stoptober.

What happens when you quit?

For you:

·         You will save money - the average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which works out as 364 cigarettes a month. That's £141 a month and £1,696 a year that you could be saving by not smoking.

·         Your sense of taste will return and you will enjoy the taste of food more.

·         Your breathing and general fitness will improve.

·         The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve.

·         You'll be more confident in social situations because you won't smell of stale smoke any more.

·         Your fertility levels will improve, along with your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

There are also real benefits for your family and friends

·         You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke, however careful you think you are being.

·         You will reduce the chances of family members (especially children) suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections.


What help is available?

Redbridge College is happy to announce that NELFT Stop Smoking Service offer a Stop Smoking Clinic at Redbridge College. It runs every Monday 12pm-2pm in the Enrichment Office (Please speak to the Enrichment team to book an appointment). The clinic free face to face advice and support, tailored and treatment plans, smoking cessation medication, carbon monoxide checks and tips on how to quit.

Alternatively you can call the NELFT Stop Smoking Service on 0800 032 0102 for more information about the stop smoking support available.