A GP from Bristol has called on smokers to take on Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge, during October and protect their health as we head into winter.
Dr Charlie Kenward, who launched the ‘Quit for Covid’ appeal at the beginning of the pandemic in March, is urging people to stop smoking to improve their health this winter and for the future.
Stoptober is an annual month-long campaign run by the NHS to encourage and support smokers to try to stop for 28 days and break the habit.
Dr Kenward, who is the Clinical Lead for Research and Improvement at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, said:
By quitting as part of the Stoptober challenge you will join thousands of others who have quit smoking during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are more options than ever to help, including vaping and online support, and the research shows if you can stop for 28 days you have a much better chance of stopping smoking for good.
Stopping smoking has a wide range of health benefits including improving the condition of the heart and lungs as well as boosting wound healing and the immune system against influenza and other infections. It remains the single most effective thing people can do to improve their and their family’s health both now and in the future.
The Stoptober website has lots of useful information about stopping smoking and the support available including a free personal quit plan, information on stop smoking aids such as patches, and how to find a local stop smoking service where you can get free expert help.
You can also download the free NHS Stoptober app which lets you track your progress, see how much you’re saving and get daily support as you progress.
Find out more at www.nhs.uk/stoptober/nhs