PEOPLE will get help to quit cigarettes during national No Smoking Day next week.
Smokers in Hartlepool are being urged to take advantage of the support available and set a date to quit for good.
A range of organisations are joining forces to show their support including Fresh, Hartlepool Borough Council, and Boots stores across the North-East to highlight the support available to people to quit.
Although the North-East has seen the biggest drop in smoking in England since 2005, it still remains the region’s biggest killer and cause of ill health, with 22 per cent of people smoking.
The main message of this year’s No Smoking Day campaign is ‘Time to Quit?’ as research shows although many smokers want to quit, they never get round to setting a date.
Top smoking service advisors will be on hand at various locations across Hartlepool on No Smoking Day, where people will be able to drop in to the NHS stop smoking stand and receive free personalised help and support to quit smoking.
On Monday, March 7, and throughout the week, information will be available at The Stranton Centre in Westmoreland Street and Hartlepool’s Central Library.
On No Smoking Day, which is Wednesday, March 9, information will be available from Asda in Marina Way, The Annexe in Wharton Terrace, and in the level two foyer of Hartlepool Civic Centre for council employees.
Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh Smoke Free North East, said: “We hope No Smoking Day will bring new hope for smokers who have tried before but not managed to quit.
“It’s clear that most smokers would like to be able to get rid of smoking and its effects from their lives, sometimes it’s having the right sort of support that can make all the difference.”