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Hampshire County Council supports Stoptober

The logo for this year's initiative to stop people smoking Credit: NHS

Hampshire County Council is supporting the national stop smoking challenge by raising awareness of the campaign.

The Stoptober challenge to stop smoking during October is based on evidence that shows you are five times more likely to stop for good if you go smoke free for 28 days.

By encouraging as many smokers as possible to attempt to go smoke free for 28 days from 1st October and take up the Stoptober challenge, it is hoped they will be more successful in their attempt to quit.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, from Hampshire County Council said: “Although Stoptober provides information and positive encouragement to quitters across the country, as a Hampshire employer, we wanted to be able to offer extra support to our employees who wish to take up the 28 day challenge."