The Stoptober Challenge has returned for another year – with support and advice available for people to give up the habit.
Roughly 1,400 West Sussex residents die each year from smoking but evidence shows that with support smokers are four times more likely to quit.
Smokefree West Sussex will be holding events across the county throughout Stoptober to give advice, help and information on quitting the habit.
Events across the county include:
• 15 October – County Mall Crawley
• 29 October - Montague Place Worthing
Rebecca Johnston, a successful Stoptober participant, said: “For anyone who is struggling and tempted to have just the one, I know how you feel and I know how hard it is.
“It is probably one of the most difficult things I have ever done, but also the most worthwhile.”
Christine Field, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “There is so much support available for people who want to stop smoking, and the benefits for stopping are huge.
“Make Stoptober 2016 the year you quit for good.”
The 28 day challenge is available for all smokers who want to quit.
More than 2,900 people signed up for support in West Sussex during Stoptober 2015.
Participants can see cost savings of more than £2,000 per year as well as improved health prospects for smokers and their families.
Rebecca added: “Never give up on giving up!”
To receive help during Stoptober contact the West Sussex Stop Smoking Service on 0300 100 1823 or text QUIT to 66777.
More information can be found online at www.smokefreewestsussex.co.uk.