Smokers in Teesside are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day, with help from the stop smoking team at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
The annual No Smoking Day campaign will take place on Wednesday 9 March to encourage smokers to give up the habit for good.
People are encouraged to come along to events in Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland on Wednesday 9 March to get support and advice on:
- 10am – 4pm, Middlesbrough Town Centre (outside BHS)
- 11am – 1.30pm stall in Stockton Market on the High Street
- 2pm – 4pm, Redcar Library
- 10am – 2pm stall in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre Hartlepool
- 10am – 4pm, Marton Pharmacy celebration event and ‘Smoke Street’
- Information barrow in the main concourse at the University Hospital of North Tees
Stop smoking service lead for Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland Joanna Feeney said: “No Smoking Day provides the perfect opportunity for people to join others attempting to quit on the same day.
“People are four times more likely to quit smoking if they come along to one of our events and get help from the stop smoking service.”
Stop smoking service lead for Stockton and Hartlepool Pat Marshall added: “Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to stop smoking. For some people it is about making a lifestyle change – to be healthier or get fit, or to save money and, for others, it’s about the way their smoking affects the people close to them, such as their family and friends.
“No matter what their reasons, if people are thinking about quitting smoking, their best chance of success is to visit one of their local stop smoking sessions.
“NHS trained advisers offer friendly and non-judgemental help to smokers at drop in stop smoking sessions and also from a number of pharmacies and GP practices across Teesside. We tailor the support individually to give each individual smoker the best possible chance of quitting.
“Quitters feel fitter, save money, have better skin and teeth, are less anxious and reduce the risk of any serious smoking related diseases – they make a big positive change in their lives.”
To find out how you can get help stopping smoking visit www.nth.nhs.uk/services/stop-smoking-service/ , call 01642 383819 and join the conversation with the trust by following @NTeesHpoolNHSFT on Twitter and chat to our specialist stop smoking advisors and share your experience using the hashtags #proudteesquitter and #NoSmokingDay.