Brighton & Hove Albion’s official charity has teamed up with the most popular online Seagulls fans forum to offer supporters help in giving up smoking.
Albion in the Community (AITC) is encouraging fans to ditch smoking throughout October as part of a city-wide campaign tied into the wider Stoptober drive.
The charity’s health department has teamed up with city council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the local NHS and Do Something Different to launch Brighton Quit Club.
And in an effort to reach more Albion fans, AITC has launched a pub challenge – asking local landlords to encourage regulars to pledge to quit online at www.brighton.quitclub.me. They can then use the free online Smoke Free Me support programme.
With online forum North Stand Chat (NSC) often resembling a pub – albeit an online one – AITC has invited it to start its own quit club.
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Users of NSC should visit the Brighton Quit Club website and fill in the online pledge and where it says “Quitting with” select “Other” and write NSC in the appropriate space.
They can also sign up for the Smoke Free Me online support programme on the same site.
Once NSC users are pledged, they can take to the forum’s dedicated thread HERE to swap tips, update fellow users on their progress and encourage fellow quitters.
AITC’s quit-smoking challenge also dovetails neatly with the charity’s current lung cancer awareness drive, which is looking to increase the awareness of symptoms and improve early detection rates across the city.
Other than the obvious health benefits, however, there are financial rewards from giving up. If you stop smoking 20 cigarettes a day, you could save around £250 a month. Give up between October and the New Year and that is an extra £750 to spend on Christmas or more than enough for next year’s season ticket.
There are estimated to be around 58000 smokers living in Brighton and Hove but research suggests two-thirds of that number want to quit.
Research shows that people who manage to stay smoke free for 28 days are five times more likely to successfully quit for good and those who have support from friends and family are also more likely to succeed.
AITC will be in Brighton city centre alongside their Brighton Quit Club partners this weekend. A Stoptober roadshow is being held on Saturday between 10am and 5pm in Ship Street between TK Maxx and Fabrica Church.
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