Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust’s Stop Smoking teams are encouraging smokers across Liverpool and Sefton to ‘be proud to be a quitter’ by pledging to stop smoking on National No Smoking Day, on 11 March.
Over 10 million people in the UK still smoke, and around 100,000 die every year from smoking-related causes. The British Heart Foundation’s annual campaign inspires and helps smokers who want to quit. This year, over one million smokers are expected to use No Smoking Day to quit.
Teams from the stop smoking services will be encouraging smokers to take the first step in their efforts to quit smoking and to be proud to be a quitter and to break the habit.
The teams will be holding information stands in venues across Liverpool and Sefton to promote ‘No Smoking Day’.
Liverpool community road shows will take place on various dates during the month of March:
• Friday 6 March. 9.00am – 11.30am Royal Liverpool Hospital
• Tuesday 10 March, 9.00am- 11.30am, Mere Lane Neighbourhood Health Centre
• Wednesday 11 March, 9.00am – 11.30am, Yew Tree (Health Fair event)
• Tuesday 17 March, 9.00am – 11.30am, Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre (D-MYST will give advice and information regarding Shisha smoke)
• Thursday 19 March, 9.00am -11.30am, Breeze Hill Neighbourhood Health Centre
NHS Stop Smoking Services provide free advice and support on finding the best method of stopping including:
• One-to-one support
• Personal stop smoking plans
• Treatments such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), Champix and other medications that can prevent cravings
Julie Travis, Tobacco Lead for Liverpool Community Health explains: “Sadly smoking is still one of the biggest causes of preventable deaths in Merseyside. We know that the majority of smokers do want to quit, however it can be hard to do without the right help and support.”