An Enderby resident who ‘has not looked back’ since giving up smoking for Stoptober a year ago is urging others to do the same next month.
Heidi Stark used to smoke between 10 and 15 a day for more than 25 years, but quit the habit after receiving support from our QuitReady Service.
The 45-year-old is backing the Stoptober campaign, which supports people to stop smoking for 28 days from 1 October.
She said: “I tried to stop a few times in the past, but I really wanted to stop for good this time. I haven’t had a cigarette since I signed up for Stoptober last year and I feel better than ever. My bank balance is looking a lot healthier too – I have saved more than £1,500, according to the Stoptober app.”
People signing up with QuitReady will work with a stop smoking advisor who offers free tailored advice and support, including free stop smoking medication.
Smokers who choose to quit with an E-Cigarette, will also be offered a free E-Cigarette starter kit and follow on nicotine liquids.
Heidi, who chose to quit using an E-Cigarette, benefitted from weekly calls from her QuitReady advisor.
She said: “I found my advisor Bev very helpful, I really appreciated her support and she took a real interest in how I was getting on.”
Last year we helped more than 270 Leicestershire smokers kick the habit during Stoptober. With the addition of free E-cigarette starter packs to our support package, we hope even more local residents will benefit from QuitReady’s help and support in 2018.Person:Councillor Pam Posnett, cabinet member for health and wellbeing
People who sign up for Stoptober will have access to additional support and advice via an app, email and Facebook page.