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Stoptober – support for Essex residents

You’re four times more likely to give up smoking with support from the new Essex Lifestyle Service (ELS) – so take the Stoptober Challenge.

Stoptober is a nationwide campaign that asks people to stop smoking for 28 days during October. If you do this you are far more likely to quit for good. It’s easy to access free support, just telephone 0300 303 9988 or email the team here

smokingA stop smoking advisor will offer you a tailor-made support package. You will be given advice on managing stress, eating well (so that you don’t put on weight) and on how to overcome the urge to light-up. Stop smoking medicines can be prescribed, if needed. Your advisor will work with you in one-to-one sessions, via telephone support or via a stop smoking app. You can also get daily Facebook booster messages (search @ProvideCIC).

Free Carbon Monoxide Breath Tests across Essex

If you want to see how much smoking damages your lungs then free carbon monoxide (CO) breath tests are being offered. Find your nearest ELS site here

The Lifestyle Service is an e-cig friendly service and will support anyone who wishes to use these as an aid to stop smoking. We can’t prescribe them, as they are not yet regulated or licensed, but sometimes they can be used in combination with traditional Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) which we can supply.