Stoptober is back and smokers in England can join the 2.5 million who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago in 2012.
Nearly 6 million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the single biggest cause of preventable death, totalling 64,000 deaths a year.
The best way to quit smoking is with support, which you can get 24/7 from Solihull Council’s newly commissioned service, the Quit with Bella app. Simply download from Google Play or the App Store and you can receive free help from your personal stop smoking Robo Coach! More information can be found at www.quitwithbella.com.
In addition, residents who live in the borough or are registered with a GP in Solihull can access the Solihull Lifestyle Service for face-face / telephone support and medication. Simply phone 0800 599 9880 and ask about the Solihull stop smoking service.
If you are a smoker, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health, allowing you to start moving better, breathe more easily - and giving you more money to spend. Join the thousands of others and start your quitting journey this October. Just search ‘Stoptober’ for more information and free tools to help you quit.
Councillor Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said:
“Stoptober is here once again. It can never be said enough, stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing.
“This year I’m pleased to say that alongside our Solihull Lifestyle Service we are also able to offer residents free online stop smoking support through the Quit with Bella app.
“I encourage smokers in Solihull to sign up to the 28-day challenge, seek out local support, stub out the cigarettes and see what it’s like to be smoke free. You can do it.”
Keshav Sankla, Director of AI & Innovations, Solutions4Health said:
‘’Quitting smoking can be tough, but it’s one of the best things you can do. It’s fantastic that everyone in Solihull now has free access to Quit with Bella and can get evidence-based support whenever they like.
Thousands of people have used Quit with Bella to stop smoking. It’s also worked well alongside physical stop smoking services and will compliment the great Solihull Lifestyle Service.’’
Jemma Abbott, Service Lead, Solihull Lifestyle Service said:
"Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health. We are delighted that Quit with Bella will be made available to the population of Solihull. It is free, 24/7, on-demand, and easy to get going. The App works alongside our face-to-face offer that supports smokers in giving up."
“Anyone who lives in Solihull or has a Solihull GP can get FREE one-to-one help and support from our Stop Smoking Service (part of the Solihull Lifestyle Service). As well as information and access to stop smoking medications, our practitioners provide advice, support, and encouragement during regular consultations.”