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TODAY marks the beginning of a 28-day campaign to help people quit smoking.

Stoptober runs throughout October, and Portsmouth has services to support those who want to stop smoking.

According to the Department of Health, smokers are four times more likely to quit if they use a stop smoking service.

For smokers who are under 18, there is an incentive scheme to encourage them to stub it out, which is being managed by Portsmouth City Council’s Are You Sorted? service.

Barbara Skinner, senior development manager for public health at the council, said: ‘Stoptober is back for a second year running and we want to do even better than last year.

‘We have had a great response to Stoptober so far, and we know that lots of you want to quit, so here’s your chance.

‘All local services are completely free, so we urge you to take advantage of what’s on offer.

‘From the services that we offer, you will be able find one that is convenient for you, whether that is with a one-to-one session after work, 
or a group session at lunchtime.’

Councillor Leo Madden is cabinet member for health and social care.

He said: ‘Campaigns like Stoptober are a fantastic way of encouraging residents to quit smoking.

‘We have an estimated 38,000 smokers in Portsmouth, so it is quite a big issue for our city.

‘I am confident that stop smoking campaigns will continue to reduce this number.’

Call (023) 9229 4001, or visit healthypompey.com/smoking