Smokefree support sessions mark Stoptober

A new support group to help pregnant mums give up smoking is to be launched in Norwich by Smokefree Norfolk as part of this year’s Stoptober Campaign.

Mums to be and their partners are invited to Hellesdon Library at 1.30pm on Monday 9th October for the first of four free weekly meetings called ‘Quit for Me’.

Stoptober is the 28-day national smoking challenge that encourages and supports smokers to quit during October. It is based on the insight that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to be able to kick the habit for good.

Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor Andy Trohear, who will be running the group, said: “The risks of smoking during pregnancy are serious, from premature delivery to increased risk of miscarriage, so quitting is one of the best things you and your partner can do to help your baby develop healthily during pregnancy and beyond. The library will be closed so it will be a very relaxed atmosphere with just the pregnant mums and their partners. I’ve helped hundreds of pregnant women stop smoking over the years and any stress associated with quitting is nothing compared to the harm it can do to a baby. No matter what stage you’re at in your pregnancy, it’s never too late to stop and feel the benefits for you and your unborn child.”

For more info and to book a place at the ‘Quit for Me’ sessions call 0800 0854 113 or email ecch.stopsmoking@nhs.net

Smokefree Norfolk is also running stop smoking sessions at libraries across the county for anyone who wants to quit during the Stoptober campaign. These will be at Wroxham Library from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 10th October, at Taverham library from 2.30pm – 5pm on Thursday 12th October, Aylsham Library from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday 19th October and Sprowston Library from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 31st October.

Dr Louise Smith, Director of Public Health for Norfolk, said: “Smoking is the single greatest cause of premature death and disease in our communities. National figures show that Norfolk has particular problems in relation to women smoking in pregnancy and people working in routine and manual occupations.

“Stoptober provides an opportunity for people to give up smoking when perhaps they haven’t had the motivation previously. Both the support provided through Stoptober and the free help and advice on offer from Smokefree Norfolk will improve people’s chances of quitting successfully.

“Specialist Smokefree Norfolk advisors will work with people wanting to quit to come up with a tailored programme of support, which will continue right through their quitting journey. Either get in touch with Smokefree Norfolk or go along to one of their events in October and start the journey to becoming smoke-free.”