Ipswich top for giving up smoking

IPSWICH smokers are better at trying to kick the habit than their Suffolk counterparts it has been revealed.Ipswich Primary Care Trust has beaten the Government target of getting people quit for longer than four weeks by 37 per cent, three months before the official deadline.

IPSWICH smokers are better at trying to kick the habit than their Suffolk counterparts it has been revealed.

Ipswich Primary Care Trust has beaten the Government target of getting people quit for longer than four weeks by 37 per cent, three months before the official deadline.

Huge efforts have been made by the PCT and Ipswich Hospital to help people who want to give up to stay on the straight and narrow.

Lillian Power, chairman of Ipswich PCT believes that the success of smoking cessation in the Ipswich area is down to the teamwork, support and understanding of the PCT and smoking cessation staff.


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She said: "Smokers trying to quit no longer have to face going cold turkey on their own.

"With the hard work and dedication of both the PCT staff and the Smoking Cessation Team at Ipswich Hospital, all smokers wanting to give up can access experienced and understanding support just by visiting their GP.

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"Alongside the Smoking Cessation Team, staff in GP practices have been trained in counselling and support, so there has never been a better time for people to give up smoking."

Smokers trying to give up can be referred to the Smoking Cessation Team at Ipswich Hospital, where they will obtain further advice and support on the best way to kick the habit.  

The Smoking Cessation Team also provide group sessions and counselling for smokers trying to quit.

To access the Smoking Cessation Team or to take advantage of one to one counselling sessions with practice nurses, smokers should either contact their GP for advice or telephone the Smoking Cessation Team on 0800 0856 037.

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