Smokers in Jersey have been encouraged to challenge themselves to stop smoking for 28 days by signing up to the ‘Stoptober’ campaign run by Public Health England.
During the campaign in October 2012, 78 smokers received support from Jersey’s Stop Smoking Service, Help2Quit, and 38 were still quit after four weeks. Research shows that if smokers manage to quit smoking for 28 days, with not even a single puff on a cigarette, they are five times more likely to quit for good.
Smokers don’t have to go it alone and Jersey’s Help2Quit service is available to help. Access to smoking cessation support has been extended in 2013 and the service is now being delivered by 12 local pharmacies in a range of locations. Another six pharmacies are expected to join the scheme by early 2014.
Pharmacist Mel Boleat from Boots said: “The new pharmacy service has made it even easier for people to get help to stop smoking with 800 people setting a date to quit in the first nine months of 2013, which is 230 more than this time last year.”
Evidence demonstrates that having support and using an approved stop smoking medication can increase your chance of quitting by up to four times. Certain medication is available free of charge via Help2Quit.
Smokers who want to find out more about giving up are urged to call the Help2Quit freephone number on 0800 735 1155 and obtain advice about their nearest pharmacy service. Alternatively visit www.gov.je/smokefree to find details of the nearest smoking cessation pharmacy service.
There is also help on hand for people in hospital, as Help2Quit has a dedicated nurse adviser who can provide support for in-patients.
For additional information about Stoptober, Islanders can also visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober