Teesside smokers urged to be quitters on No Smoking Day

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 11 March to encourage hundreds of thousands of smokers to give up the habit for good.

This year’s No Smoking Day theme is proud to be a quitter. People are encouraged to come along to our events in Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland to get the support they need on:

  • Thursday 5 March, 12.30 – 2.30pm, Stockton Library
  • Saturday 7 March, 11am – 2pm, Middlesbrough town centre and Redcar high street
  • Wednesday 11 March, 10am – 1pm, Stockton High Street
  • Wednesday 11 March, 10am – 3pm, Hartlepool Central Library
  • Tuesday 17 March, 9.30 – 11.30am, Thornaby Central Library
  • Wednesday 18 March, 10am – 12pm, New Billingham Library
  • Wednesday 25 March – 10am – 12pm, New Billingham Library

Stop smoking service team 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.

“We’ve already begun the campaign in the run up to No Smoking Day to encourage people to quit smoking and get the help and support on offer from their local stop smoking service. We want people to know that they 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 manager 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 and selfies using the hashtags #proudteesquitter and #NoSmokingDay.

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