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VIDEO: County councillor takes on stop smoking challenge to kick 30-year habit

Surrey County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Health is encouraging Surrey smokers to try quitting for 28 days – by taking up the challenge herself.

Alison Griffiths is taking part in the 28 Day Challenge run by Surrey’s local stop smoking service, One You Surrey. Research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good.

Alison said: “I’ve been a heavy smoker for over 30 years and it’s ruling my life. I’ve become much more aware of how much damage smoking has done mentally, physically and financially and this is my first, and hopefully only attempt to quit smoking.

“I’m feeling incredibly motivated and really excited to be taking on the challenge. I know it’s going to be difficult, but can’t wait to say after 28 days ‘no thank you, I don’t smoke’. It’s going to be a huge achievement for me and I really hope other people join me, take on the challenge and feel the benefits I hope to feel.”

Follow Alison’s vlog updates on her quit journey here. To take the challenge, visit


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