Calling all smokers in North Somerset


Smokers in North Somerset are being urged to stub out their cigarettes for good and join Stoptober.

Public Health England’s 28-day stop smoking challenge started on Monday (1 October) and research shows that if people can make it to 28 days smokefree they are five times more likely to quit for good.

Quitting smoking is easier with the right support and in North Somerset there’s never been a better time to quit smoking with the Smokefree North Somerset team on hand to provide advice and support, as well as a wide choice of evidence-based stop smoking aids.

Recovery Support Workers Doe Patrick (53) and Paul Callaghan (50), from Weston-super-Mare, decided to stop smoking together in the New Year. The combination of age, health concerns and wanting to live a healthier future together took them to the Stop Smoking Drop-in at the café in Tesco, Weston-super-Mare, which happens every Wednesday evening from 6pm to 7.30pm.

The use of Champix, a prescription stop smoking aid, made their quit attempt much easier and although Paul recently had a small relapse, he is getting back ‘on the wagon’ by re-attending the drop-in. Doe has stayed smoke free.

The Smokefree North Somerset team aims to make it as easy as possible to stop smoking for good. They understand it’s not always easy and there can be false starts along the way but encourage everyone to keep trying, and they never turn people away.

Doe and Paul said: “We enjoy our weekly visits to the team at the drop-in and have found their help and information invaluable.

“All the money saved from not smoking is going towards our ‘once in a lifetime holiday’ to Kathmandu and Tibet, which is one of the many positive outcomes of not smoking. We wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for the team.”

If you want to experience the health and financial benefits of being smoke free with the help of the Smokefree North Somerset call them on 01275 546 744 or email smokefree@n-somerset.gov.uk. You can also text HELP to 07800 001 316 and visit www.smokefreenorthsomerset.co.uk.

Find out more about Stoptober on the NHS One You website www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober.