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  • Support is available for smokers wanting to kick the habit

    Henry James

    TO mark National No Smoking Day today (Wednesday, March 13) smokers wanting a helping hand to kick the habit are being urged to seek help from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Quit Squad.

    Health experts say smokers are four times more likely to give up with expert help and advice than alone and the Quit Squad can offer that specialist support.

    Phil Gooden, strategic lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “Smoking is harmful to your health and one of the biggest causes of avoidable death and there are some 152,320 smokers in Lancashire alone.

    “The Quit Squad has specially-trained advisors who are friendly, approachable and non-judgmental, who can support you to stop smoking and take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.


    “To access the Quit Squad you can give us a call on 0800 3286297 or you can be referred through your GP or other health professionals. The service offers one-to-one support and advice for those who would like to stop smoking using an e-cigarette.

    “We offer sessions in the community where you can make an appointment or drop-in at your convenience.

    “The service also encourages people to protect their families by making a Smoke Free Pledge to ensure their cars and homes are smoke-free. The home is now the main source of exposure to second-hand smoke for children.

    “Just because you cannot see it does not mean it’s harmless - second-hand smoke puts children and adults at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer and heart disease.

    “The best way to protect family and friends is to give up smoking and make a Smoke Free Pledge. Together we can work towards a smoke-free generation and with us it is much easier than just you.”

    For further details about the Quit Squad, telephone 0800 328629; visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk; or follow the Quit Squad on Twitter @LancashireCare #QuitSquad.

    For further information on Smoke Free Pledges telephone 0800 3286297 or visit www.lancashiresmokefreehomes.co.uk.

    For online support go to www.nhs.uk.

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