Bassetlaw: Smokers urged to give up habit for 28 days in October

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Notts County Council is urging even more Bassetlaw smokers to take part in this year’s Stoptober challenge.

Stoptober, which challenges smokers to quit for 28 days in October is entering its third year.

Currently 19.5 per cent of adults in Bassetlaw smoke, similar to the average of 19.4 per cent across Notts.

This year’s Stoptober challenge is using humour to help people tackle the idea of giving up smoking, and top British comedians including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray, Simon Brodkin (aka Lee Nelson, Jason Bent and Dr Bob) and Andi Osho will be bringing a touch of the British sense of humour to help quitters through this difficult and daunting challenge.

Coun Joyce Bosnjak, chair of the Notts Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We know that the majority of people who smoke want to give up, but sometimes it’s taking that first step that’s the hardest.”

“Stoptober is great because it builds a real community of thousands of quitters all giving up at the same time – so you won’t be on your own.”

Smokers are being encouraged to sign up now online to get a range of free tools including a new stop smoking pack.

The start date for the challenge is Wednesday 1st October.

Smokers can also get free help to quit smoking via Bassetlaw Stop Smoking Services on 0800 328 8553.