Medway’s Stoptober 2018 – stub the habit in October


Residents in Medway who are taking on the Stoptober 2018 challenge can access additional support from Medway Council’s stop smoking service.


Medway Council is supporting Public Health England’s national stop smoking campaign which runs throughout October. The 28-day challenge helps support people who would like to stop smoking for good. Research shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to quit for good.


The council’s A Better Medway service works with smokers throughout the year to help them stub out the habit. They offer free support and advice to smokers wanting to quit. Last year the council’s dedicated service helped more than 1,300 residents stop smoking. The number of people smoking in Medway has reduced from 25.5 per cent in 2012 to 17.6 per cent in 2018.


Brian, aged 69, from Brompton, quit smoking in March 2018 with the help of Medway’s Stop Smoking Service. Brian was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2004. In April 2016, he was advised by a consultant at hospital that he would die within two years if he didn’t quit smoking and was offered a referral to Medway Stop Smoking Service. Brian said: “Being told you could die soon was the worst news imaginable. Once the consultant told me I had to quit, I had no choice. The support I have received from the advisers at the Stop Smoking Service has been invaluable. I am really grateful for their help.“


The stop smoking service is available in different locations across Medway, including the Smokefree Advice Centre in Chatham town centre. Support is also available in GP practices, pharmacies, workplaces and within the military. Brian feels the stop smoking team saved his life. Quit today – pop into our Smokefree Advice Centre on Railway Street, Chatham for free advice and support.


In addition to the face-to-face support that is currently being provided by Medway Council’s stop smoking service, new digital stop smoking channels will be launched later this month. This will make it even easier for residents to get support to stop smoking and from their own home. The new digital channels will give residents the chance of seeking specialist and personal support through an app, text service or online chat service, through their smart phones, tablets or PCs. The new digital services will help local residents with busy lifestyles stop smoking any time and in any place.


Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Public Health, said: “Across the country, thousands of smokers will be seeking advice to help them stop smoking during the national Stoptober campaign. Medway residents have access to a dedicated stop smoking service throughout the year, which provides specialist advice to help people stub out the habit.

“We are committed to supporting our residents and encouraging healthier lifestyles and the new digital stop smoking service will be launched later this month. It will provide other ways to help people quit smoking, and at a time which is convenient for them.”


For more information on the support available in Medway, visit, call 01634 334800 or email [email protected]



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