More than 600 kick the habit

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MORE than 600 people across Hastings and Rother who sought NHS help to quit smoking achieved their ambition, according to latest figures.

NHS bosses said 604 smokers kicked the habit between April and September last year.

This was an increase from 550 over the same period in 2010, according to recently released figures from the NHS Information Centre.

Dr Gabriel Scally, director of public health at NHS South of England, said: “It’s great to see that so many people have quit smoking with help from the NHS. “Across the south, there are thousands of success stories thanks to the free support services provided by the NHS locally.

“People are four times more likely to quit with support from NHS Stop Smoking Services than if they go it alone.

Anyone who has tried to quit for 2012 should remember that there’s a great deal of expert help available to them.”

A variety of methods are available through the NHS to help people quit smoking including free NHS Quit Kits available from local pharmacies as well as telephone and online support groups.

For details of your local NHS Stop Smoking Service call 0800 022 4 332 or enter your postcode at www.nhs.uk/smokefree.

To find your nearest stockist of NHS Quit Kits text SEARCH and your postcode to 88088 or search online at www.nhs.uk/smokefree.