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Stoptober campaign calls on smokers to kick the habit

You're never too old or young to quit smoking, says pharmaceutical expert Jackie Maiman.

An anti-smoking campaign titled "Stoptober" is encouraging smokers to quite the habit for the month of October, in order to see the material benefits that a healthier lifestyle brings.

It's October, but without the cigarettes.

Jackie Maiman, representative of the Pharmaceutical Society of SA

Maiman explains that the campaign has been rolled out globally and challenges smokers to go without cigarettes for at least 28 days.

She says that smoking is a severe pandemic in the country, despite our stringent laws.

8 million South Africans smoke, and Maiman says 44 000 smoking-related deaths occur annually.

According to Maiman, a combination of physical addiction to nicotine, psychological triggers and societal pressure make quitting challenging.

Maiman explains that a combination of support, medication and behaviour-change therapy creates a programme to help quitters.

The programme is called the Go-Smoke-Free programme.

She has encouraged smokers to seek the help of pharmacists if they really want to quit.

Maiman fielded questions from callers and gave advice to those wanting to kick the habit.

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

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