Stoptober returns for 2017 with free toolkits from PHE


Stoptober returns for 2017 with free toolkits from PHE

September 8, 2017

Public Health England (PHE) is working with the Healthcare Distribution Association to circulate toolkits to community pharmacy contractors for the Stoptober campaign, which launches on Thursday 21st September 2017 and will run through October.

Each year, Stoptober encouragers as many smokers as possible to prepare to quit from 1st October by taking part in the campaign and utilising the range of free resources and support available. The overarching objective is to trigger significant numbers of quit attempts, by increasing motivation to quit and providing products to make this quitting easier.

This year, pharmacy teams do not need to order the toolkits for the campaigns; they will be automatically distributed via the Healthcare Distribution Association’s daily deliveries.

All small chain and independent pharmacies will be receiving a delivery containing a kit of promotional materials (including conversation starter leaflets, posters and window vinyls) from week commencing 11th September 2017.

PHE is also in contact with all multiple head office teams to coordinate in-store and online support; therefore head office teams should be able to advise their pharmacy teams how and when they will receive the toolkits.

Healthy Living Pharmacy teams may wish to host a health awareness event/campaign on smoking, therefore the resources and training available from the Self Care Forum may benefit those wishing to engage with members of the public on this subject. More information on hosting a health awareness event/campaigns can be found on the PSNC health promotion ideas page.

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