FOR the first time a month is to be dedicated to help people quit smoking – and a roadshow promoting it will stop off in Portsmouth.
Stoptober – the first mass-quit attempt for smokers – is being launched today by the government’s chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies.
It runs from October 1 to 28, and is backed by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.
Smokers in the Portsmouth area will be able to find out more information on September 22, at an information roadshow in Cascades Shopping Centre, Portsmouth.
Dr Robert Sherriff, head of health improvement for NHS South of England, said: ‘We welcome Stoptober.
‘Quitting is the single biggest-thing smokers can do for their health, and we would encourage anyone wanting to stop smoking to participate.
‘As the latest evidence tells us, if you are able to stop smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to remain permanently smoke-free than when you started.’