Service supporting the smokers aiming to quit

Quitters David Lightley and Scott Todd, with Kerry Lynch (public health specialist), Andy Lloyd from Fresh, Janette Wood, Tim Holmes, Lisa Nevens and David Turnbull from Northumberland County Council's Health Improvement Team and  members from the Northumberland Stop Smoking Service.
Quitters David Lightley and Scott Todd, with Kerry Lynch (public health specialist), Andy Lloyd from Fresh, Janette Wood, Tim Holmes, Lisa Nevens and David Turnbull from Northumberland County Council's Health Improvement Team and members from the Northumberland Stop Smoking Service.
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Smokers are being offered more help to quit the habit thanks to support from comedians.

Fresh and Northumberland County Council are gearing up for the annual ‘Stoptober’ campaign next month, recently visiting Northumberlandia in Cramlington to help promote the initiative with their ‘Stop’ sign.

And this year the Stoptober challenge is being supported by British comedians including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray and Andi Osho.

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “Stoptober has been a massive success in the north east and this year could be even bigger which is why we’re encouraging everyone to support their friends and family, colleagues and staff to let them know that they can do it.

“Quitting can feel hard but with the right support it can be easier.

“If you smoke there’s countless reasons to stop and more ways than ever to get support. You will feel better in yourself, lower your chances of a serious smoking related disease like lung cancer, and have much more money in your pocket to treat you and your family.”

Coun Susan Dungworth, policy board member for adult care and public health, said: “A lot of smokers would like to quit, and we urge them to get in touch and find out about the help available.

“There is support that can be tailored to different people’s needs and really make a difference to help people improve their health.”

“You don’t have to kick the habit alone. Northumberland’s stop smoking services are on hand to support quitters every step of the way.”

For more information www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober/