Stoptober is back

Published: Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Smokers across the country are being urged to take part in Stoptober – the mass 28-day quitting challenge from PHE starting on 1 October – and join the nearly 15 million people who have already quit.

Last year, out of the 2.5 million smokers who made a quit attempt, 500,000 people (20%) were successful - the highest recorded success rate and up from just 13.6% six years ago. With thousands more likely to take part this autumn, there are plenty of ways for people and partners to get involved locally.

The Sport and Physical Activity Team at Oxford City Council have teamed up with the Smoking Cessation Team and local leisure providers to bring free information and support sessions to Rose Hill, Barton and Blackbird Leys throughout October. Each week there will be advice on hand from a friendly advisor about the best ways to give up and what other support is available throughout Stoptober and beyond.

Sessions will be taking place on:

  • Tuesday 4, 11, 18 and 25 October, 6pm-7pm, Norman Brown Hall 1, Rose Hill Community Centre
  • Thursday 6, 13, 20 and 27 October, 9.30am-10.30am, Jack Argent Room, Blackbird Leys Community Centre
  • Friday 7, 14 and 21 October, 12pm-1pm, Main Hall, Barton Neighbourhood Centre.

These drop-in sessions are open to anyone of any age seeking information on the dangers of smoking and/or wanting to start their Stoptober journey. There is no need to book an appointment.

In addition, to help show the impact smoking has on physical health and to demonstrate how quickly the benefits of quitting can be felt, health and fitness testing will also be available with one of our fitness experts. And if that is not enough, there will be fun physical activity sessions to help distract from those cravings ranging from Tai Chi to Cardio Tennis and Yoga to Dodgeball.

Councillor Linda Smith, Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “Stopping smoking can significantly improve people’s lifestyles and health in ways they might not expect. According to research, if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to quit for good and I hope that Stoptober can be the key to help many people in Oxford start their quitting journey.”

For more details on these Stoptober sessions in Oxford please contact sportsandphysicalactivity@oxford.gov.uk or 01865 252728.

For advice and expert guidance on giving up smoking visit the NHS Smokefree website: https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree