SPECIAL ‘quit’ kits are being offered to smokers wanting to ‘take the leap’ and stub out the habit for good.
To mark this year’s No Smoking Day health bosses from NHS Derbyshire County are handing out the free kits.
Packed full of useful advice on how to quit, triggers that make you crave cigarettes, a cost calculator, an addiction test and ways to boost your willpower, the kits, available from pharmacies, will help smokers struggling to become tobacco-free.
It is estimated that nearly a quarter of adults in Chesterfield smoke, higher than the national average.
Tony Morkane, associate director of public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “Most people want to be tobacco-free, but find it really tough. That’s why this year we’re encouraging smokers to take advantage of these free quit kits and ‘Take the Leap’ by thinking long and hard about why they smoke and what it would be like if they gave up.
“Once they’ve thought through all the compelling reasons, either for or against, then they are in the best possible place to seek expert support and advice from the NHS.”
Statistics show that smokers who seek expert help have a four times greater chance of success than those who do not.
Questions smokers are being advised to ask themselves during national Stop Smoking Day include ‘How much does it cost?’ ‘What is it doing to my health?’ ‘What’s good about smoking?’ and ‘What’s not good about smoking?’
Smoking is also a major cause of accidental death, injury and property damage, with 5,500 house fires attributed to smoking in the UK every year.
Help and support is available through pharmacies and GPs and local NHS stop smoking services on 0800 085 2299. For more information visit http://smokefree.nhs.uk/.