Tuesday 7 October 2014
The local NHS stop smoking service for Hounslow teamed up with Brentford FC and Community Sports Trust (CST) at a recent home game at Griffin Park to champion Stoptober and encourage local people to sign up for the 28 day stop smoking challenge.
Brentford FC players joined the team of NHS stop smoking advisors on the pitch at half time to promote the health benefits of going smoke free to local football fans and pose for photos with the big red Stoptober wheel - along with club mascots and Councillor Sachin Gupta of Hounslow Council, who is personally supporting the campaign.
The team of stop smoking advisors were busy around the ground at half time and while fans were leaving the game – chatting to smokers about the help and support the local NHS service can offer to help people give up for good, and handing out over 150 promotional packs to help people on their way to going smoke free.
Minel Shah, Hounslow stop smoking manager said: “We are urging local smokers to sign up for Stoptober - it’s not too late for you to register, join in the challenge and access the free support on offer. Research shows that people who manage to stop smoking for the initial 28 days are five times more likely to succeed in giving up for good.
“You are also four times more likely to stop smoking with the professional help of our Hounslow stop smoking team - so get in touch with us and we will help you to improve your health and save money by going smoke free. You can also follow us on twitter to share your experiences!”
Cllr Sachin Gupta, cabinet member for public health and leisure at the London Borough of Hounslow, said: “The Stop Smoking Service has helped thousands of local people give up smoking, and we’re keen to help even more kick the habit for good. The free service has regular drop-in sessions across the borough so people can easily get the help and support they need to stop.”
Last year, over 1,000 Hounslow residents signed up to take part in the Stoptober challenge and Hounslow Stop Smoking Service wants to help even more local people to go smoke-free in 2014.
The team offers FREE advice and support for people who want to quit smoking in the borough. If you live or work in Hounslow and would like support to stop smoking, then the team can help you succeed by combining stop smoking medication with motivational support.
Find out more about the service or sign up for Hounslow Stop Smoking Service's support at: www.hrch.nhs.uk/stop-smoking, call 020 8630 3255, text 07860 026 618, or follow us on twitter @Hounslow_SSS.
You can find out more about Stoptober, or sign up for the 28 day challenge on the Stoptober website.