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19 September 2014 at 09:25
Stoptober is back next month following its huge success last year which saw two-thirds of the 250,000 people who took part stay smokefree for 28 days.

It’s a fact that you’re five times more likely to quit if you can stop smoking for at least 28 days.

West Lancashire Stop Smoking Service will be at Asda supermarket in Skelmersdale every Wednesday from now until the end of October, encouraging people to sign up to the Stoptober challenge.

They will also be promoting quitting techniques including nicotine replacement therapy and offering carbon monoxide and lung function checks.

“Anyone can take part by signing up to the challenge at the Stoptober website,” said Steven Owen, who leads the stop smoking team.

“Stoptober is a terrific opportunity to quit when you know there are tens of thousands of other people nationwide with the same great aim in mind.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The Trust has a budget of £186m and employs 3,600 staff. In 2013/14, we saw 248,102 outpatients; treated 61,096 inpatients; made 305,750 community care contacts outside hospital; supported the birth of 2,766 babies; and attended to 95,146 urgent care cases.