Stoptober's here and we've created a new Pledge to Quit website to help the residents of Brighton and Hove to quit. And stay quit.
Working with the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and all the smoking cessation partners across the city, Do Something Different has created the Brighton and Hove Quit Club – a place where residents can come together to Pledge to Quit and get local support to stop smoking.
The new website at
invites people to register a pledge either as an individual or with work colleagues, friends from the pub sports clubs or other organisations. Once pledged they can sign up free with Smoke Free Me, the online stop smoking programme from Do Something Different, or find local support from GP’s or pharmacies.
Bringing the city’s smoking cessation services together
The Brighton and Hove Quit Club is a collaboration between Do Something Different, the Brighton and Hove CCG, Pubic Health at Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex Fire Brigade and Albion In the Community. Working together, all of these organisations are reaching out to residents, workplaces, pubs, community clubs, fans and followers to help Brighton residents to make the most of Stoptober.
A quarter of the population of Brighton and Hove smoke – around 58,000 adults – and evidence suggests that two-thirds of these want to kick the habit. Brighton & Hove Quit Club builds on the concept of “social quitting” by encouraging local residents to “Pledge” to quit smoking with their loved ones, friends and colleagues.
Emile has quit
Using Smoke Free Me, Emile from Seven Dials is celebrating being smoke free for 3 months, he found the hardest challenge was saying “No, I don’t smoke” to his smoking excuse buddy “but it felt so good”. Read Emile’s quit story here .
Pubs challenge regulars to give up together
Albion in the Community are encouraging local pub landlords to challenge their customers to pledge to quit smoking and join the Quit Club as a pub team for Stoptober. They are running the Stoptober Pub Challenge, “Kick The Habit”. The pub or bar with most pledges to quit at the end of October will win 10 tickets to a Brighton and Hove Albion home match and a trophy.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has organised a Stoptober Roadshow on Saturday 10th October from 10am to 5pm in Ship Street, Brighton, between TK Maxx and Fabrica Church. The Stoptober Roadshow will raise awareness of fire risks caused by not disposing of cigarettes properly and to will be able to help people to find out where to go to get help to quit.
Five times more likely to quit in October
Dr Tom Scanlon, Director of Public Health at the Council said:
“Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death worldwide. This October, Public Health England launches the fourth Stoptober campaign to encourage smokers across the country to stop smoking for 28 days during the month of October.
“By stopping smoking for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to quit for good. This year’s campaign places greater emphasis on ‘social quitting’ with two-thirds of smokers more likely to quit when their partner stops smoking and a third more likely when a close friend or a colleague stops”.
Join Brighton and Hove Quit Club for Stoptober and you’ll find it easier to quit together. And to get local support to stay quit.