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Stoptober is a public health campaign, spearheaded by NHS England, to help smokers in their attempts to quit. It runs the length of October and aims to help motivate you by providing support during your attempt to quit smoking. They’ve made the process easier than ever before by chunking it down to 28 days.

They have produced an app that you can download for iPhone or Android. It gives you daily updates and encouragement during your attempts to quit.

They also have a Facebook group that you can join to get more advice and connect with others who are trying to quit.

Just search online for “Stoptober” to find a resource to help you quit.

Why should you quit?

If you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.

The risks of continuing to smoke are well known, and you can read more about them on the nhsinform pages on quitting smoking.

Knowing the risks isn’t the issue though, it’s actually being able to quit. Around 70% of smokers say they want to stop smoking, but most believe they are unable to.

We already have a page on our website that mentions many of the benefits to your health and lifestyle if you’re able to quit smoking, and stay quit. There is also more detailed information on the benefits to your health if you quit on the nhsinform site linked above.

What most people really need though is support to help them to quit.

What support is available within Lothian?

The smokefreeLothian Service runs throughout Lothian. Their specially trained stop smoking advisors can offer support and advice tailored to you. We know it can be difficult to stop smoking but you can do it and they are there to help. In fact you are 4 times more likely to stop with help!

You can read more about the service on the NHSLothian website.

You can call the South Edinburgh office for smokefreeLothian on 0131 537 7154, or you can text/call 07964 247 482.

You can also email them at stopsmoking.service@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

The service promises: No pressure, no lectures, just support!

Pharmacy Scheme
Pharmacies across Lothian offer up to 12-weeks of one-to-one support. These personal sessions double your chances of success. They can also prescribe nicotine replacement therapy to support you in your quit attempt. To find a pharmacy near you then please visit the NHS24 website and search by your postcode.

Shared Care
For people who attend the pharmacy scheme but would also like support from the stop smoking service, you are welcome to attend your local stop smoking session. This will provide you with the opportunity to meet other people who are trying to stop smoking and can be accessed for as long as you like.

The self-help guide, ‘Your Path to a Smokefree Life’ is a very useful aid to help you succeed in stopping smoking.

You can access the guide below, or by calling the smokefreeLothian Service and asking for the guide to be sent to you.

Your Guide to a Smokefree Life

Smokeline is Scotland’s confidential free stop smoking hotline which is available 8am-10pm seven days a week on 0800 84 84 84. Their trained advisors can give you advice and support on stopping smoking. They can also tell you about services available in your local area.

This NHS Sctland website provides helpful information and practice advice about stopping. To find out more visit www.canstopsmoking.com

How can we help?

Remember you can always make an appointment to speak to your usual GP or one of our Practice Nurses if you want more information on the support options available to help you quit smoking.