Smokefreelife Nottinghamshire, a free stop-smoking service provided by Solutions 4 Health and commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Public Health team, is reminding smokers of the Commit to Quit campaign in January.
The campaign is directed to all smokers who would like to quit smoking at the start of 2017 and need the support of specially trained advisors to offer motivation and face to face appointments.
Recent figures estimate that 18.4% of adults in Nottinghamshire smoke which is around 116,000 adults aged 16 and over. It is also estimated that 2,500 11-15 years olds start smoking every year across the county.
Smoking causes approximately 1,300 smoking related deaths every year in Nottinghamshire.
Coun Joyce Bosnjak, the county council’s Public Health chairman, welcomed the campaign as it gave people the opportunity to kick-start their New Year health commitment.
Coun Bosnjak said: “By working in partnership with Solutions 4 Health hopefully we’ll reduce the number of adult smokers in Nottinghamshire and the number of young people starting to smoke.
“Smoking is the greatest cause of preventable death in England. It is costly to both individuals and the economy and is the greatest single cause of health inequalities placing a huge burden on local finances.”
The commissioned service aims to;
- Reduce smoking across all local communities as it will not only support people to stop smoking, but will help prevent young people from starting to smoke in the first place
- Place greater emphasis on the groups of people in our community who are disproportionally affected by smoking; young people, pregnant women, routine and manual workers and people with mental health issues
- Help to reduce the amount of illegal tobacco that is on the streets of the County and the crime that is associated with this
Provide a co-ordinated approach that will make a difference to local communities
Leena Sankla, Director of Public Health & Lifestyle Services, Solutions 4 Health Ltd said,
“Smokefreelife Nottinghamshire will make it easier for people to access stop smoking services in the county with tailored support available through their GP, pharmacy, local community venues and a dedicated Wellness on Wheels vehicle. We are keen to give smokers the best possible chance of quitting smoking which is why we offer so many different methods of support.”
For free support to quit smoking contact a stop smoking advisor on 0800 622 6360 or text QUIT to 66777.