Smokers could gain an extra week of life by giving up with Herts-backed Stoptober campaign

Smokers in Herts are being encouraged to give up smoking this month as part of a national campaign.

Tuesday saw the start of this year’s national ‘Stoptober’ drive, which suggests smokers could gain an extra seven days on their lives for every 28 days they do not smoke.

Giving up smoking

Giving up smoking

Herts County Council’s director of public health Jim McManus said: “Around 168,000 people in the county still smoke. Two classes full of children in Herts start smoking each week and it remains our biggest cause of avoidable death and disability.

“Stoptober is a chance for you, if you’re not sure you can stop, to cut down and get help. We have 300 stop smoking services in Herts ready to support you so giving up has never been easier.”

Herts’ Stop Smoking Service can also help support those taking part in Stoptober by providing access to patches and gum which can help people to go smokefree.

Call 0800 389 3998 or text ‘Quit’ to 07800 001337 for more details.