Hertfordshire smokers encouraged to give up smoking during Stoptober

Cigarette being stubbed out

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Stoptober is launching for the month of October and it is the perfect time for all smokers to join the 4,000 Hertfordshire residents who signed up last year to give quitting a try.

Mum-to-be Grace Holmes, 32, from Hertfordshire, is one of 87 pregnant women who gave up smoking last year because of Hertfordshire County Council’s stop-smoking service and the Love Your Bump campaign.

Hertfordshire’s Love your Bump campaign encourages and supports pregnant women and those around them such as partners, family and friends, to give up smoking by providing free access to an adviser who can give tips, support and advice on giving up.

Grace Holmes smoked 20-a-day for years, so giving up was a challenge. She said: “I remember seeing the posters in the doctor’s of a woman with her bump and the words ‘when you smoke I smoke too’. The shock of learning the harm that cigarette smoke can do to an unborn baby really upset me, I cried.

“I went straight to the pharmacist and spoke to a stop smoking adviser. She was brilliant, our weekly one-to-one meetings got me through. She advised me to distract myself at the times I craved a cigarette, which was great advice as it helped me change my habits.

“I feel brilliant now. I won’t ever go back to smoking.”

On Friday, September 23, at 1.30pm @hertscountycouncil will be going live on Facebook with a stop smoking advisor to explain why it’s so important to quit, how to get support and what happens when you visit your local stop smoking service.

Hertfordshire’s Stop Smoking Service provides free, local stop smoking support and advice on treatment options. Text SMOKEFREE to 80818, call 0800 389 3 998 or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/stopsmoking

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