Seaham residents offered extra help to kick the habit

People who want to stop smoking are to receive free nicotine replacement therapy patches to help them kick the habit.

To mark No Smoking Day, which is on March 14, Smokefreelife County Durham are set to give away the patches in five locations across the county to help assist those wanting to quit on No Smoking Day 2018.

Stop smoking advisors will be available at venues in Consett, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street and Seaham between 9.30AM and 4PM on March 14.

Quitters will receive one week’s worth of patches for free after filling out a short assessment with the advisor and will then be referred to their nearest clinic to receive further treatment and ongoing support.

Research shows that accessing a stop smoking service and quitting with an advisor makes you four times more likely to be successful than going it alone. Smokefreelife County Durham offers free support to anyone living or working in County Durham.

According to Fresh, approximately 78,696 adults smoke in County Durham and 138,774 NHS appointments are due to smoking. The smoking prevalence in County Durham is higher than the regional and national average, with Durham’s figures at 19% whilst England’s average is 16.9%. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.

Annie Pluse, specialist stop smoking advisor, describes the project “This year, Smokefreelife County Durham are trying a more innovative way of engaging the public by offering free patches to help support a quit attempt.  We have also used our Social Media platforms; Facebook and Twitter more to promote our plans for No Smoking Day 2018.  By meeting people in the community and promoting the benefits of quitting smoking and receiving ongoing face to face support with a specialist advisor, we know that those people are far more likely to quit and stay quit for good.”

Between 2016-17 Smokefreelife County Durham helped 2840 people stop smoking. If you would like to give up your smoking habit for good, why not use this No Smoking Day as your opportunity?

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