Help is at hand for port’s smokers who want to quit

Doncaster's rate of smoking is above the national average
Doncaster's rate of smoking is above the national average

Smokers in Fleetwood and Wyre are being offered help to quit as national No Smoking Day approaches.

No Smoking Day takes place on Wednesday, March 11, and the North Lancashire Stop Smoking Service is keen to offer support to those who want to kick the habit.

Members of the North Lancashire Stop Smoking Service team.

Members of the North Lancashire Stop Smoking Service team.

The day of action has been running since Ash Wednesday in 1983, when it was called Quit for the Day. It takes place every year to help spur smokers into action.

Given the link between smoking and killer illnesses such as lung cancer, heart disease and strokes, the Stop Smoking Service says it is vital smokers get help.

Adele Shields, Stop Smoking Services manager, said: “We know from statistics that if people get support they are much more likely to stop smoking.

“Anyone at all can use our service. Some people are able to stop smoking on their own, but others find it difficult and appreciate some support.”

The service, which is provided by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is free for residents of North Lancashire, the Fylde coast and Wyre.

The Stop Smoking Service covers areas including Fleetwood, Thornton and Cleveleys. It helps up to 6,000 people from Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe every year.

Blackpool has a separate service as it is a unitary 
authority.

Nicotine replacement therapy and other smoking cessation drugs can be used to give people extra support when they are trying to stop smoking.

For further information look on the website: www.stopsmokingnorthlancs.co.uk or call the office and leave your details on (01524) 845 145.