Solihull Council is encouraging smokers to kick the habit this Stoptober with the help of Solihull Lifestyle Service.
Stoptober runs from 1 October for 28 days and with COVID-19 circulating there has never been a better time to quit. Smokers can be more susceptible to COVID-19 and experience severer symptoms.
By quitting, smokers may reduce their risks to the virus as well as bringing immediate health benefits. This is particularly important for individuals and for the NHS at a time of intense pressure on the health service.
People who live in Solihull, or have a Solihull GP, can get FREE one-to-one specialist support from Solihull Lifestyle Service to stop smoking. Those wanting to quit can call 0800 599 9880 or fill out an online referral form. Support can be provided on the phone, online, via WhatsApp or face-to-face, whatever people prefer.
Those looking to quit can also visit the NHS website and download the free NHS Stoptober app.
Solihull Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Karen Grinsell said: "Signing up to Stoptober is the first step to quitting smoking for good and to a healthier you. I encourage people to contact Solihull Lifestyle Service today as there has never been such an important time to stop smoking.
“Along with the huge financial benefits of quitting smoking, people taking part in the 28-day challenge will experience physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy.”
Jemma Abbott, Solihull Lifestyle Services Lead added: “Stopping smoking is undoubtedly a tough process to go through but with Stoptober smokers have the opportunity to quit along with others and not feel alone, hopefully helping give them the motivation to succeed.
“Solihull Lifestyle Service is on hand to offer advice and support throughout Stoptober. Let us guide you through how to stop smoking – everyone is different and we can help find the right way for you. You are three times more likely to quit with our help.”