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Stub out for no smoking day

PUBLISHED: 14:33 08 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:59 30 June 2010

SMOKERS interested in quitting are being urged to use this week's No Smoking Day as their moment to stop.

Health bosses are inviting anyone thinking of quitting to contact their local stop smoking team.

SMOKERS interested in quitting are being urged to use this week's No Smoking Day as their moment to stop.

Health bosses are inviting anyone thinking of quitting to contact their local stop smoking team.

Each year more than a million people kick the habit on No Smoking Day, which takes place Wednesday.

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney tobacco control commissioning advisor Vicki Snelgrove, said: “No Smoking Day is an ideal time to quit.

“Our stop smoking team offers free support for those people keen to quit who may keep toying with the idea, but never get round to it.”

“It often takes several attempts to stop but you're not alone - those who have successfully quit were in the same place as you now.

“Don't stop trying as you will notice improvements to your health, have more energy, more money, stop premature aging, have whiter teeth reduce your stress levels and find that your sense of taste and smell improves. And that's just about you - stopping smoking is also about your family and those around you.

“We know youngsters who have parents that smoke are far more likely to smoke when they're older.”

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney's stop smoking service offers free support, nicotine replacement therapy and medication at the cost of a prescription - just over £7.

Smokers can call 01493 452067 or text QUIT to 65000 to find out more or go to local pharmacy, GP surgery, walk in centre or community and health centres to sign up.

Ms Snelgrove added: “Using the service and getting nicotine replacement therapy and stop smoking medication through the team is far cheaper than you'll pay over the counter in a supermarket or chemist and the team offer flexible support and one-to-one help.

“Smokers are four times more likely to quit if they do it through a NHS service.”


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