Quit Squad aims to help smokers

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi
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A new service to help people who vape, smoke or chew nicotine or tobacco products to quit has been launched.

The Quit Squad service is being provided by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Appointments can be made with trained advisors during the daytime or evenings at community venues close to people’s homes.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Lancashire County Council’s director of public health, said: “Around 20 per cent of Lancashire’s population smokes.

“This is a major factor that leads to health inequalities across the county.

“As well as shortening life expectancy, smoking causes conditions such as cancer, lung and heart disease, which can lead to many years of poor health.

“A third of smokers want to quit and they’re much more likely to succeed with the support of services such as Quit Squad. “

Julie Trezise, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s stop smoking service manager, said: “Our emphasis is on providing a community focus by changing people’s behaviour and promoting smoke-free homes.”

“You’re four times more likely to stop with expert help and advice.”

People can find out more by calling Freephone 0800 3286297 or visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk