Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Suffolk/Essex: NHS Stop Smoking Services praised as 9,000 smokers quit in eight months

PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 May 2014 | UPDATED: 14:22 14 May 2014

In Suffolk, some 3,091 people who signed up to NHS Stop Smoking Services managed to quit between April and December last year, compared to the 1,947 who were still classed as smokers.

In Suffolk, some 3,091 people who signed up to NHS Stop Smoking Services managed to quit between April and December last year, compared to the 1,947 who were still classed as smokers.

Archant

Free NHS services in Suffolk and Essex designed to help smokers kick the habit have been hailed after new figures found more than 9,000 people in the region have given up.

In Suffolk, some 3,091 people who signed up to NHS Stop Smoking Services managed to quit between April and December last year, compared to the 1,947 who were still classed as smokers, the research by the Health and Social Care Information Centre research found.

In Essex, a total of 5,952 people gave up smoking at the clinics, almost twice as many as the 3,322 who were unsuccessful.

NHS Stop Smoking Services launched in England and Wales in 2000. People attending these services are encouraged to use pharmacological aids to increase their chances of successfully quitting.

Free quit kits and face-to-face support sessions are also made available.

Alan Murray, cabinet member for health and adult care at Suffolk County Council, said the figures provided evidence the services were helping people to give up smoking. “It is really encouraging to see an increase in the number of those successfully quitting smoking in Suffolk,” he added.

“We work with Livewell and East Coast Community Healthcare to offer support to those who wish to quit.”

An Essex County Council spokesman welcomed the latest research but insisted work was still needed to further reduce the prevalence of smoking across the county.

“In Essex, it is estimated that the adult smoking prevalence is 18%; however, in the more deprived areas this can be as high as 39%,” he warned. “Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of ill health, disease and death in this country, and the single most important lifestyle factor affecting health inequalities. Therefore, it is important to continue with the education messages as well as providing Stop Smoking Support Services, which is a key priority for the county council.”

He added: “Essex County Council commissions the Stop Smoking Support Services across Essex and our providers work hard to promote the services that are available in the community as well as through GP practices and pharmacies.”

For more details, or to find your nearest NHS Stop Smoking Services centre, visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree.

Red carpet parades will showcase Suffolk’s favourite dog breeds in style this weekend as the county celebrates a landmark tenth anniversary.

A man drank up to 10 pints of lager before brandishing knives in an Ipswich town centre shop causing it to be evacuated, a court has heard.

Three Ipswich men accused of raping a 15-year-old girl have been cleared after the prosecution offered no evidence against them.

An Ipswich Councillor has called for more to be done to tackle the gender pay gap in Ipswich, after latest figures have revealed women in the town earn £162 less per week than men.

An investigation is underway into suspected arson after a thatched outdoor classroom in Christchurch Park was burned to the ground.

Emergency services including an air ambulance crew are at the scene of a serious crash in mid Suffolk.

Two students aiming for a career in TV and film have hailed the exposure Screen Suffolk has given them to top productions after securing the ultimate work experience placement on the set of Detectorists.

A 52-year-old drink-driver who hit a cemetery wall before leaving 400 homes without power after hitting a sub station has been banned from driving for 20 months.

A 43-year-old man who was charged with murder after a body was found at a house in Cumberland Avenue in Bury St Edmunds last week has been remanded in custody.

Greater Anglia passengers have become happier about their journeys over the last year according to a new survey by the official watchdog Transport Focus.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24