Croydon Council encourages smokers to quit for Stoptober
Croydon Council is backing the Stoptober campaign and encouraging smokers to quit.
As a Heart Town the council is supporting the national stop smoking challenge that runs for four weeks from October 1.
Businesses which would like to support staff in taking part are invited to get in touch with the council's public health team ahead of the launch date.
They will be provided with free campaign posters, leaflets and access to specialist stop smoking advisers along with free nicotine replacement therapy products, to give those wishing to quit.
As part of the build-up to the campaign, ex-smoker turned Guinness World Record breaking treadmill runner Rory Coleman will visit North End on Saturday, as part of his Stoptober Roadshow pledge of running 28 miles a day for 28 days.
The council's stop smoking specialists Solutions4Health will be in with the Stoptober team in the Whitgift shopping centre, offering information and advice to those wanting to make the pledge.
GPs practices and pharmacies across the borough as well as Croydon University Hospital will be celebrating Stoptober and on hand to offer support.
Councillor Margaret Mead, the council's cabinet member for adult services and health said: "This is a great opportunity to help those who want to quit smoking and encourage others to do the same.
"But we don’t want people to stop for just 28 days, we want to help them quit for good. Croydon as a Heart Town is delighted to support the Stoptober campaign and improve the health of our residents."
Workplaces wanting to participate in Stoptober should contact Melissa Vick (Public Health Croydon) on 020 8726 1907 or email Melissa.Vick@croydon.gov.uk.
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