No one needs to be told that smoking is bad for your health, not to mention your bank balance, but we know that giving up isn’t easy. If you’ve tried stopping before or always thought it was too difficult then you are not alone. The good news is that help is at hand. Stoptober is back for 2020! If this year has shown us anything its that taking care of your health has never been more important. Stoptober is founded on the evidence that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to quit for good! Why not give it a go this October?
There are lots of different reasons why you may want to stop smoking, whether you want to be able to run around with your children or grandchildren, improve your health, save money or protect the health of your loved ones or pets. COVID-19 is an additional reason to try to quit. Coronavirus is a respiratory viral infection affecting the lungs and airways, putting smokers at risk of more severe symptoms if infected with the virus.
No matter how long you’ve been smoking, it’s never too late and Stoptober is a great time to give it a go. You’ll feel the benefits of giving up almost immediately. Your ability to taste and smell will improve in a matter of days, plus as your lungs clear, you’ll find you’re much less likely to get out of breath.
As a mental health and learning disabilities organisation, we must also think of those people in our care who are smokers. The smoking rate among people with severe mental illness is around 42.1% in Devon. Smoking is the main cause of illness and premature death among those with a mental health condition, who die 10-20 years earlier than those in the general population. Helping those in our care to quit, wherever possible, is therefore crucial too.
How you can quit?
There’s lots of free support available so you can find what works best for you. Whether that’s online or by having specialist support from a trained stop smoking advisor right here in Devon.
If you live in the Devon County Council area and would prefer to talk to someone, you can access free one-to-one support from a Specialist Stop Smoking advisor, either face to face (where possible), or on the telephone by contacting OneSmallStep on 01392 908 139, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by texting the word QUIT to 60777.
OneSmallStep advisors can provide up to 12 weeks of support and will also provide Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). NRT products, like patches and gum, will help manage your cravings and withdrawal symptoms and your weekly support sessions with your stop smoking advisor will provide you with coping mechanisms, tips and tricks to make things a little easier, and encouragement and support if things get tricky.
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For those seeking help in the Torbay and Plymouth areas, please contact the services below: