Translated into “Me/Month Without Tobacco,” Monaco’s quit smoking campaign, which is now in its fifth year, encourages smokers to quit their habit for just one month. Just like Stoptober in the UK, the idea behind it is that if smokers manage to quit for a month, they will be more confident in their ability to quit for good, as research has indicated that anyone who quits for 28 days, is more likely to be successful long term.
The idea behind the campaign it that if smokers manage to quit for a month, they will be more confident in their ability to quit for good, as research has indicated that anyone who quits for 28 days, is more likely to be successful long term.
Interested parties may sign up either through the “Moi(s) sans tabac” website, by phone, or by downloading the initiative’s app. Along with other local health entities, Monaco’s Princess Grace Hospital has joined the initiative and offers free consultations on how to quit through the following number: +377 97 98 97 41.
“Quitting smoking is a collective challenge. Fighting tobacco addiction should be a public health priority,” said Mohamed Mouhssine, a pneumology specialist at the hospital. Similarly, in promoting the UK’s Stoptober, the Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy group (AVCA) co-director Nancy Loucas said that given the current pandemic, decreasing smoking rates is more important than ever.
“Given the global pandemic, it’s well established that the best thing smokers can do to protect their heath and boost their immune system is to kick their cigarettes. In fact, more now want to as Covid-19 has made people much more cognisant of their personal health and vulnerability to illness,” she said.
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