Live Well Suffolk will be hitting the streets of Haverhill tomorrow (Friday 7) to encourage smokers to take part in national No Smoking Day next Wednesday (March 12).
A trained team of stop smoking advisors from the health promotion organisation will be on Market Square offering information and advice to help people quit the habit, as well as carrying out free carbon monoxide breath tests. They will also be signposting people to the local Co-operative pharmacy on Mill Road, where they can go to receive free stop smoking support.
Steven Lee Foster, director, Live Well Suffolk, said: “No Smoking Day gives an incentive for any smoker to kick the habit, especially those who pledged to give up as a New Year’s resolution but who have slipped back into old habits.
“There is a lot of free help and advice available to smokers who want to give up, but so many people don’t know it’s out there.
“For example, most people have a pharmacy near to where they live or work, but they don’t realise that pharmacists can provide them with guidance on a really wide range of health matters, including giving up smoking.
“They’re a really convenient, quick and easy way for people to get honest, practical advice about the best quitting options for them.”
The event is part of Live Well Suffolk’s current stop smoking campaign, ‘Quitting is only a few steps away’.
The organisation has been working with six pharmacies in Haverhill to provide fully trained stop smoking advisors who understand the difficulties involved in trying to quit.
This year’s theme for No Smoking Day is ‘V for Victory’, to reflect the huge sense of achievement that smokers get once they have successfully managed to stay smokefree for a length of time.
Every day in Suffolk, three people die from smoking-related causes. The habit costs almost £195 million every year in the county through lost productivity, cost to the healthcare service and other related factors.
Live Well Suffolk offers free stop smoking clinics across the county to help support those looking to quit. The organisation offers group therapy, one-to-one sessions and programmes to support pregnant mums who smoke. For more information on the sessions call 01473 229292 or visit www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk.
No Smoking Day is organised in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation. It is aiming to reduce tobacco-related deaths and illnesses by encouraging smokers to give up.
For more information about No Smoking Day, see www.nosmokingday.org.uk