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Stoptober roadshow rolls into Brum

Stoptober roadshow 2014

The Stoptober road show rolled into Birmingham to mark the return of the nation’s biggest mass quit smoking attempt.

The event was held from 10.30am to 4.30pm in the Bullring shopping centre's Rotunda Square, where award-winning street entertainers, comedy fitness brothers Wayne Miller and Richard Jones, encouraged smokers to take part in the 28-day challenge.

Smokers had the opportunity to sign up for Stoptober, as well as receive expert advice and information on quitting from local stop smoking services, who will be present at the roadshow.

In addition to this, members of the public were invited tell jokes and record messages of support on a big screen to share via social media.

It has been proven that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay smoke-free on a permanent basis. Quitting isn’t an easy process but if you succeed the benefits are endless.

 Carol Carter, clinical lead nurse for the stop smoking team, said: “Around one in five of the Birmingham adults who smoke tobacco would like to quit but find it very difficult.

"We provide a wide range of advice, support and treatment to suit every individual. It’s a friendly, confidential service dedicated to helping people quit and, most importantly, stay ‘quit’.

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“After giving up for just one month, a person who used to smoke 20 cigarettes a day will have saved around £200 and started to notice real improvements to their health.

“Stoptober helps a lot of people give up each year and we’re really hoping that this year will be no different."

The Stoptober 28-day challenge runs from Tuesday, 1 October. Visit the NHS 'smoke free' website for more information or follow @stoptober on twitter: