Smokers in Haverhill are being urged to make a New Year’s resolution to try and kick the habit by taking advantage of the free stop smoking support that is available in the town’s pharmacies.
Live Well Suffolk has been working with six pharmacies in and around Haverhill to provide fully trained stop smoking advisors who understand the difficulties involved in trying to quit, so it’s now easier than ever for smokers to access free, honest and practical one-to-one advice about the best quitting options for them.
Floyd Croll, one of Live Well Suffolk’s Community Health Coaches in the town, said: “Trying to give up smoking is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make, but often they don’t succeed.
“Quitting is tough, and we don’t want people to think that just because they’ve tried and failed in the past, they can’t try again.
“By taking advantage of the free support that is available from your local pharmacy or GP, you’re four times more likely to quit than if you go it alone.”
The following pharmacies in Haverhill are able to offer free advice to help smokers quit:
Boots, 15 High Street, David Holland, Norton Road (Greenfields Way), Co-operative Pharmacy, 2 Mill Road, Haverhill Pharmacy, Christmas Maltings Surgery, Camps Road, Sainsbury’s Pharmacy, Haycocks Road, and Tesco Pharmacy, Cangle Road.
As well as visiting their local pharmacy, smokers can also visit their GP or contact Live Well Suffolk for stop smoking support.
The organisation offers group therapy, one-to-one sessions and programmes to support pregnant mums who smoke. For more information visit www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk or call 01473 229292.
A new hard-hitting national stop smoking advertising campaign has also been launched. It highlights the health problems that smoking can cause.
The ‘Health Harms’ initiative from Public Health England is warning smokers of the toxic cycle of smoke, and how it pollutes the blood and damages the heart, lungs and brain.
Councillor Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health and adult care, said: “We’re working with Live Well Suffolk and the wider health community to get people talking about the health risks associated with smoking, and to promote every opportunity to quit.
“I know that this can be a real challenge, which is why we’re encouraging people to take advantage of the support available from their pharmacy or GP and local NHS stop smoking services.”
Floyd added: “If you could see the damage that smoking does to you, you would stop.
“Every time you smoke, blood that’s thick and dirty with toxins circulates through your body in seconds, increasing your chances of a heart attack or stroke.”
An estimated three people die in Suffolk every day from smoking-related causes.
It also costs almost £195 million every year in the county through lost productivity, cost to the healthcare service and other related factors.