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Stoptober, the nationwide stop smoking challenge, is into its second year and MDHB is encouraging smokers to sign-up.

The challenge involves giving up smoking for the whole month of October, with those who give up for a month, shown to be five times as likely to stay Smokefree.
Last year saw over 5,000 New Zealanders sign up for the challenge, and the organisers are hoping that the numbers will double this year.
MDHB’s Smokefree Health Promotion Advisor Julie Beckett is encouraging people to take advantage of this great opportunity.
She said: “Stopping smoking is not an easy task, but throughout Stoptober there will be extra resources and incentives available to help you. It’s also a good opportunity to get friends and family together to join in the challenge, and support each other to succeed.  As soon as you sign up on you’ll be in a draw to win groceries valued at $500 from Countdown, tickets to Soulfest and more”  
“To help people succeed, we will be providing face-to-face support and FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) start up packs including gum and lozenges. You can collect NRT packs from several participating pharmacies throughout the MidCentral district.”
“This year we are trying to look at what more you can do if you stop smoking. The health risks are out there; everyone knows how bad smoking is for you. We are now trying to push what more you can do when you stop smoking, whether it’s having better lungs that allow you to run a marathon, or getting a new car with the money you save, there are so many options.
People are encouraged to sign-up as soon as possible, through Stoptober promotional stands will also be onsite throughout September at Warehouses in the MidCentral district including Palmerston North on September 25, Dannevirke on 17, 24 and 26, Feilding on 17 and 24, and Levin on 19 and 26. All stands will be onsite from 10am until 2pm.
Participating pharmacies
Palmerston North:
Cook St
Hospital Health
City Health
Radius, The Palms
Vogel Street 
Amcal Gimbletts
Unichem Levin
Tararua Levin
Smiths Amcal
Unichem Tattons

Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945

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