Merton is calling on all smokers in the borough to quit for 28 days next month as part of the national campaign Stoptober.
Stoptober, the challenge started by Public Health England, encourages smokers to quit for four weeks starting 1 October. Merton Council is encouraging residents to take part and contact the free NHS Stop Smoking service, LiveWell Merton on 020 8251 0606. LiveWell offers support and guidance to those wanting to kick the habit.
Merton’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “Taking part in Stoptober could be the first step towards someone giving up smoking for good. I encourage everyone to take up the challenge this year and make a healthier change to their lifestyle.”
Merton’s director of Public Health, Dr Kay Eilbert said: “Smokers are four times more likely to quit smoking with NHS support versus going it alone, so they should give themselves the best chance of being successful and speak to the LiveWell team today. Quitting smoking gives people the best chance of a healthier life.”
For more information visit www.live-well.org.uk/merton