Derbyshire GPs have joined forces to urge smokers to kick the habit this month.
The members of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) made their plea to mark Stoptober, a yearly national campaign aimed at getting people to quit en masse.
Evidence shows that if smokers can quit for 28 days they are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death in the UK and costs around £2,500 a year for someone smoking 20 cigarettes a day. But help is at hand in the form of promotions in local pharmacies and online advice from Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.
In addition, Derbyshire County Stop Smoking Service, provided by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, is running a drop-in style clinic at the Cottage Project, Bridge Street, Belper. Appointments are not necessary. Weekly sessions run each Friday from 1pm to 3pm until December.
At the drop-in sessions smokers can receive free friendly advice and support while meeting like-minded people who want to stop smoking. The sessions are open to everyone who is thinking about giving up smoking. It does not matter how many times people have tried to quit before.
The stop-smoking team will be staging a session for employees of the Moy Park factory, Ashbourne on Monday 11 November. Other events have taken place recently at Greenbank Leisure Centre, Swadlincote; the Aldi store, Ilkeston; and at Rolls Royce in Derby.
For those who don’t have the time to join a group or attend the sessions at the Belper drop-in centre there is also a free telephone advice line, Quitline 0800 085 22 99 or 01246 868425, which offers support at flexible times.
Launched on 1 October, the ‘Stoptober’ campaign is backed by GPs from NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.
Dr Ian Lawrence, Wirksworth GP and Chair of the Amber Valley and South Derbyshire Dales Locality of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said:
“Stoptober is a rallying call to those people who want to stop smoking. We know it can be difficult but this is a great time for everyone to give it a try. Stopping for a month is a great achievement and will really boost the long-term chances of remaining a non-smoker, and then being able to enjoy the health benefits and having more money in your pocket.”
Smokers can search for ‘Stoptober’ online or ask their local pharmacist for a free support pack. If you are registered with a doctor in Derbyshire you can also call the Derbyshire stop smoking service on freephone 0800 085 22 99.
For more information visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober.
Dr Buk Dhadda, GP with Gresleydale Health Centre and Governing Body member of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, added:
“Stoptober is like October but without the cigarettes so let’s seize this chance to encourage Britain’s eight million smokers to stub it out for good.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG represents 57 GP practices and is one of four clinical commissioning groups in the county responsible for the healthcare of 525,000 people in Derbyshire.
Charles Malkin, Communications Officer
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