Smokers are being challenged to stub out their habit for 28 days as part of a nation-wide campaign.
This is the second year that Stoptober has encouraged people to try to stop smoking in October.
West Sussex Wellbeing Hubs have organised a number of events starting in September to encourage people to sign up to the challenge.
In Crawley the events take place on:
Tuesday September 10, 9am-12pm, at Crawley Wellbeing Office in K2 Crawley
Thursday 12, 10am-12pm, at Broadfield Library
Monday 23, 2pm-4pm, at Bewbush Community Centre
Tuesday 24, 2pm-5pm, at Crawley Wellbeing Office in K2 Crawley.
Cllr Nigel Boxall, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “Stoptober 2012 proved to be a great success and for many it was just the push they needed to try and stop smoking.
“Getting support means you’re four times more likely to succeed than if you try and stop by yourself.
“We are keen to help anyone who wants to give Stoptober a go, and the events in September will provide an excellent starting point.”
In West Sussex the overall cost of smoking to society in West Sussex per year is £183 million. This can be broken down to:
£54.5 million lost in output to early deaths
£39 million lost in output due to cigarette breaks
£36 million cost to the NHS in West Sussex
£33 million cost of productivity lost due to smoking related sick days
£7 million cost of smoking related fires
£10 million cost of passive smoking in West Sussex.
For advice on accessing your local Stop Smoking Service in West Sussex call 0330 100 1823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more, visit the West Sussex Wellbeing website at www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk.