No Smoking Day initiative helps Stoke-on-Trent smokers quit

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Smokers in Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to consider quitting this Wednesday.

This comes as part of No Smoking Day, a national event aimed at helping people kick the habit.

The Stoke-on-Trent City Council, together with the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership (SSOTP) NHS Trust, are supporting those considering or struggling to quit.

Several information stalls will be set up on Wednesday, March 9.

These stalls will have pamphlets with advice on how to stop smoking, as well as contact details of specialist smoking support groups.

The information stalls will be located at Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre, Hanley Market, intu Potteries shopping centre and the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

A government study found that 28% of the adult population in Stoke-on-Trent smoke, compared to 20% nationally.

And more young people in the city are smokers than in other parts of the country, with 13% of 15/16 year olds being regular smokers compared to 10% nationally.

Councillor Randy Conteh, chair of the Stoke-on-Trent Tobacco Control Alliance, an organisation which offers help programmes to smokers, said: “We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting.”

“No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in Stoke-on-Trent to quit for good.”

Jill Davies, a representative of the SSOTP said, “With support, smokers are four times more likely to succeed in their quit attempt.”

“That is why the city council and SSOTP will be out in force on No Smoking Day, educating smokers on the range of local services and resources available to them.”

No Smoking Day was created by the British Heart Foundation in 1983, and this is its 33rd year.

 

 

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