Suffolk: Make giving up smoking your New Year’s resolution
suffolk: The arrival of New Year will see many people make resolutions to change something in their lives.
For those wanting to kick the habit and quit smoking, a life-changing campaign has been launched.
Live Well Suffolk, based in Turret Lane, Ipswich, is looking for 1,000 smokers to quit for good by offering a free individual support programme delivered by stop smoking experts.
Tim Roberts, director of Live Well Suffolk, said: “We want to help as many people stop smoking as possible and we have trained advisors to support people through the hardest part of quitting.
“We are confident that people are up to four times more likely to quit with us than on their own, so we are urging people to sign up and let us help them kick the habit for good.”
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Smoking kills three people every day in Suffolk and is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the county.
The scheme is being supported by GPs and local pharmacies who provide nicotine products or other medication on prescription as part of the programme.
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Daniel Chapelle, health improvement manager from NHS Suffolk, said: “This campaign is so important as every day in Suffolk, smoking causes three deaths.
“Tobacco remains our leading cause of early death and disabilities like lung and heart disease and cancers.”
Those who sign up to the initiative will be offered a choice of group or one-to-one therapy throughout the county.
The stop smoking programmes are being run with flexible times to suit as many people as possible in their drive to kick the habit for good.
As well as providing quitting smoking advice, Live Well Suffolk will offer top tips and support to help manage a healthy weight, free tasters classes and ‘cook and eat’ sessions to find out about eating a healthy diet.
Visit www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk or call 01473 229292 to sign up to the scheme.
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