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Help in kicking the habit

SMOKERS from Solihull who want to kick the habit will be given a helping hand at a special event at Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre next month.

SMOKERS from Solihull who want to kick the habit will be given a helping hand at a special event at Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre next month.

The Smokefree Roadshow will take to the streets on June 5 and people who smoke will be offered help and advice at a stop smoking stand from staff from Solihull NHS Care Trust.

They will also be able to sign up for the local NHS Stop Smoking Service as well as join the popular Together Programme - a free support scheme where smokers get support at home, via text, e-mail or post.

Research shows smokers are up to four times more likely to stop successfully if they get support from their local NHS Stop Smoking Service compared with relying on will power alone.

Last year, 1626 smokers across the borough quit the practice after using local NHS services.

Alison Trout, the manager of Solihull NHS Stop Smoking Service, said: “Research shows us that 70 per cent of smokers want to quit. But many smokers have tried to give up on their own, have been unsuccessful and have been put off trying again. These events really help showcase the huge range of free NHS support available and allows smokers to find the right combination of support that will work for them.”

Anyone wishing to contact local NHS Stop Smoking Services can do so by going to the website at www.nhs.uk/smokefree or by telephoning 0121 712 8333.

 

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