New stop smoking service launches this Stoptober in Southampton pharmacies

Southampton's new stop smoking service launches in selected city pharmacies to coordinate with the start of Stoptober, the national campaign to encourage smokers to stop smoking.

Southampton City Council is working with pharmacies to provide free, confidential support for smokers to quit. Several pharmacies across the city are now offering free nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) and friendly support. More pharmacies are preparing to offer the service too.

Find a local pharmacy that provides support to help you quit.

Not smoking is now the norm in England - but despite smoking rates being lower than ever before, millions still smoke across the country. In Southampton, around 1 in 6 people smoke. Southampton City Council and Public Health England (PHE) are encouraging all smokers to join in with the nation’s biggest quit attempt, which begins on 1 October 2019. We are providing them with the support and information they need to ‘split up’ with smoking this Stoptober

Councillor David Shields, Cabinet Member for Safer and Healthier Communities, said:

“Giving up smoking is the best thing a smoker can do for their health. 1 in 2 smokers die from smoking. It can also help save money and in just 28 days smokers will start to notice so many benefits, like easier breathing, improved smell and taste, and clearer skin. If you are ready to stop smoking, do visit our webpage and one of our special pharmacies for advice and support to try quitting this Stoptober.

"The Stoptober campaign urges smokers to re-evaluate their relationship with smoking and ‘split up’ this October. Stoptober has supported over 1.9 million people on their quit journey to date – if a smoker can remain smokefree for 28 days, they are 5 times more likely to quit for good.”

Stoptober’s free quitting support includes: the Stoptober app, Facebook Messenger support, daily emails, a personal quit plan and Stoptober online communities.

You’re four times more likely to quit successfully with support than trying on your own. There’s lots of information and tips to help on the national NHS website