Help to stop smoking in Poole and Bournemouth
DORSET HealthCare is supporting this year’s Stoptober – a mass ‘stop smoking’ 28 day campaign which saw 160,000 people across the UK complete the challenge last year. The Trust will be raising awareness of the life-changing challenge within the next few days at locations throughout Bournemouth and Poole, including:
• 9.30am – 4.30pm, Thursday 26 September at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth BH7 7DW
• 2 – 4.30pm, Friday 27 September at St Ann’s Hospital, 69 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole BH13 7LN
• 8.30am – 2pm, Tuesday 1 October at Sentinel House, Dorset HealthCare’s headquarters, 4-6 Nuffield Road, Poole BH17 0RE.
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Smoking remains the nation’s biggest killer with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease. Smoking was linked to 549 deaths in Bournemouth and Poole last year, that’s 10 premature deaths a week. It is estimated that there are over sixty-one thousand smokers living in Bournemouth and Poole and, if no change was made, around half would be expected to die from a preventable cause.
The Public Health England campaign comes as new research shows that someone who quits smoking for Stoptober, and doesn’t smoke again, could gain an extra seven days of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life.
A person stopping smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal. Along with the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year.
Dorset HealthCare’s Stop Smoking Advisor, Sheila Pounds explained: “Stoptober provides a great opportunity for smokers across Dorset who are serious about stopping this autumn, to quit together. Last year thousands of smokers got involved - along with their friends, family and workmates, to support each other in becoming smoke-free. The month-long campaign provides smokers with a range of free support including a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice, plus detailed tools and tips for coping.”
Stoptober starts on Tuesday 1 October. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search ‘Stoptober’ online or call the Dorset HealthCare team on 0300 30 38 038.