WIGAN’S stop smoking team are urging more people to get in touch to try and quit smoking.
During the national drive to get smokers to quit last month as part of the Stoptober campaign, 136 Wiganers signed up, which was a 36 per cent rise on the same time last year.
However, health chiefs want even more people to try and give up the habit and say that one in two smokers die prematurely from a smoking related illness.
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust runs the Stop Smoking Service in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan which offers free one-to-one support to anyone who lives or works in the borough who wants to quit smoking.
They supported the campaign by encouraging their clients to sign up to the Stoptober challenge. Anyone who signed up to Stoptober received a free preparation pack, 28-day quit calendar, health and wealth wheel, motivational text messages, inspiration from celebrity mentors and expert advice via a Stoptober app and a Facebook page.
Wigan’s Stop Smoking Service worked with partners such as GP surgeries, pharmacies and Children’s Centres to promote the service they offer to the local community. The first stop health bus was also in the borough throughout October offering people free health checks and stop smoking support.
Nicola Ball, Stop Smoking Specialist Team Leader for Bridgewater (Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Division) said: “We are delighted to see a 36 per cent increase in the number of people quitting in the borough compared to the same time last year. The Stoptober campaign has been really positive in encouraging people to cut out cigarettes for good.
“Although the campaign has now ended our Stop Smoking Service will continue to offer free one-to-one support to anyone who lives or works in the borough who wants to quit.
“Statistics show with local NHS support, you are four times more likely to quit smoking successfully as we can provide assistance tailored to meet your individual needs for as long as is required.”
If you would like to get help to quit you can contact the Stop Smoking Service now on 0500 786 7669 to arrange an appointment with a member of the team.
You can slo find out more by visiting www.alwch.nhs.uk/stopsmoking/