Hertfordshire Dental Team Encourages Public to Support Stoptober

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Members of the team from the special care dental service at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust are urging the public to support this year’s Stoptober campaign, which is designed to help people give up smoking and raise awareness of the health benefits of quitting for good.

Stoptober is a 28-day challenge that encourages smokers to give up for the duration of October. The idea is that by giving up for this period of time, smokers will continue their efforts and succeed in giving up for good. Research shows that successfully completing Stoptober increases the chances of quitting full stop.

Senior dental officer Sue Life said that the trust is completely behind the Stoptober campaign and the team will be working hard throughout the month to raise the profile of the campaign and provide smokers with information about health issues linked to smoking, tips for giving up and details about the health benefits of quitting. The dental team commonly sees the effects of smoking on patients with stained teeth and advanced gum disease and smoking is also the leading risk factor for oral cancer.

Last year, around 4,500 Hertfordshire residents participated in Stoptober and organisers are hoping for an even better turnout this year.

 

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