Health concerns: Smoking affects your everyday life, including your bank balance!

FORMER ENGLAND scrum-half Kyran Bracken is supporting Stoptober – the Department of Health’s first ever mass attempt to get the nation to stop smoking.

The new campaign encourages quitters to stay smokefree across October, supporting them across their areas of expertise  – Health, Wealth and Self – with top tips and advice.

We know that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober will guide smokers through a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve this goal.

“As a former professional sportsman, I can thoroughly endorse this campaign. Smoking dramatically hampers your physical ability and your general wellbeing,” says the former Saracens player. “For the sake of your own health and sporting ambitions, I urge you to all take part in Stoptober and stop smoking. You can do it!”

Famous faces – including Gordon Ramsay, Jeff Brazier and Sharron Davies – employers, councils and local stop smoking services will also be supporting the brand new stop smoking campaign.

All of those who want to stub out smoking for good will receive daily support and encouragement via:

  • A Stoptober app (available via Smartphone)
  • A Facebook page
  • A Stoptober support pack

As well as the financial benefits of stopping smoking, those undertaking the 28 day programme will experience physical improvements including clearer and brighter looking skin, a better sense of smell and taste and more energy.

Longer term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke.

Smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in England and each year it accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK and one in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking disease.

For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, visit smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober.

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