Give Stoptober a go, it could save your life

Want to quit smoking? Then October, better known as Stoptober, could be the month to do it

Oct 4 2016

Stoptober

The 28 day challenge supports millions of the nation’s smokers to stub out the habit each year.

Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay permanently smoke-free.

This has many health and financial benefits, including better sense of taste and smell and a reduced risk of chronic breathing problems, lung cancer and heart disease.

There are estimated to be around 200,000 smokers in Hampshire. You can join the nation’s biggest mass quit attempt which sees more people than ever to be stubbed out their cigarettes.

Those who want help to stop smoking can get support from the County Council commissioned Quit4life service. For more information call 0845 6024663.
Giving up smoking or using products that contain tobacco will also reduce the risk of oral cancer.

According to the NHS Choices website oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, is where a tumour develops on the surface of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. Tumours can also occur in the salivary glands, tonsils and the pharynx (the part of the throat from your mouth to your windpipe) but these are less common.

Dental check-ups

Our Public Health expert Rob Carroll says:

Mouth cancer tends not to cause any noticeable symptoms during the initial stages of the disease. It is important to have regular dental check-ups, because a dentist may often be able to detect the condition during an examination this is particularly important if you are a smoker, a heavy drinker or a betel chewer. You should have a dental check-up at least every year. However, more frequent check-ups may be recommended if you have a history of tooth decay or gum disease.

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