More smokers quitting habit across county

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MORE people from across 1066 Country and beyond are kicking their smoking habit than ever before, according to latest figures.

Thousands of people across Sussex have already stopped lighting up with the support of local NHS Stop Smoking Services and evidence from the NHS shows that smokers are four times more likely to quit smoking with such help.

In Kent, Surrey and Sussex a total of 25,888 smokers quit the habit between April 2011 and March 2012, health bosses say.

This is the highest number reported by local services and the third successive year that NHS South of England (East) has achieved its target in getting people to quit.

There is a network of convenient, local advisers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex who run free advice sessions and can offer practical support and guidance on the best methods to quit smoking.

Stop smoking sessions are held in a variety of locations including local pharmacies, GP surgeries, the workplace and the local village hall.

A variety of individually tailored support is available, including a telephone helpline and local group activity both in the community and the workplace.

The approach services take to help people stop smoking is based on the latest evidence and the circumstances of individual smokers.

More than 50 per cent of those setting a quit date successfully quit.

Services on offer include one-to-one support, group support, advice on NRT (patches, gum, lozenges, etc), pregnancy support and monoxide testing.

Fiona Bower, from NHS South of England (East) said: “We offer free, expert local support that really works. We are experienced in helping people to quit smoking and we know what works.”

Professor Yvonne Doyle, regional director of public health, said: “If you are a smoker, why not go for gold this summer and sign up to a local service, you have everything to gain.”

To find out more about how to quit call 0800 0224332 or visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk.

The line is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 8pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 5pm.

Woman who would like specialist advice and support about quitting during pregnancy call 0800 169 9 169. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.