Smokers offered help from the NHS 'Quit Squad'

This National No Smoking Day (March 13), the NHS is offering smokers specialist support to quit.

Thursday, 7th March 2019, 2:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th March 2019, 2:13 pm
Smokers are being offered help to quit

The Quit Squad provides help for people wanting to stop smoking.

Phil Gooden, strategic lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Smoking is harmful to your health and one of the biggest causes of avoidable death. There are

some 152,320 smokers in Lancashire alone.

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"The Quit Squad has specially trained advisors who are friendly, approachable and non-judgmental, who can support you to stop smoking and take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle – with us it is much easier than just you.

"To access the Quit Squad you can give us a call on 0800 3286297 or you can be referred through your GP or other health professionals. The service offers one-to-one support and advice for those who would like to stop smoking using an e-cigarette.

“We offer sessions in the community where you can make an appointment or drop-in at your convenience.

"The service also encourages people to protect their families by making a Smoke Free Pledge to ensure their cars and homes are smoke free; the home is now the main source of exposure to second hand smoke for children. Together we can work towards a smokefree generation, with us it is much easier than just you.”

For further details, phone 0800 3286297, visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk, or follow the Quit Squad on Twitter @LancashireCare #QuitSquad. For further information on Smoke Free Pledges phone 0800 3286297 or visit www.lancashiresmokefreehomes.co.uk.