Hartlepool smokers encouraged to quit for the summer

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Hartlepool’s smokers were today encouraged to quit for the summer and give themselves more money in their pockets.

And campaigners at the town’s stop smoking services say they are also there to support people using electronic cigarettes as part of their quit attempt.

The summer is a time when we want to be out and about, doing nice things and having a bit of money in our pocket. Quitting smoking can give you an instant pay rise

Pat Marshall, manager of Stockton and Hartlepool NHS Stop Smoking Service

Campaign group Fresh has joined forces with the Stockton and Hartlepool NHS Stop Smoking Service to urge the area’s 47,000 smokers to stop.

Pat Marshall, manager of Stockton and Hartlepool NHS Stop Smoking Service, said: “The summer is a time when we want to be out and about, doing nice things and having a bit of money in our pocket. Quitting smoking can give you an instant pay rise.

“NHS Stop Smoking Services are proven to give smokers their best chance of support. There are lots of effective ways to quit, but we’re also e-cig-friendly, and although as an NHS Service, we can’t supply people with e-cigs, as they are not yet medically regulated, we can provide advice and help to e-cig users who are using these products to stop smoking tobacco.”

Even budget tobacco brands are a massive drain on smokers’ pockets and family incomes. A 12 a day budget brand smoker buying in bulk (five packs of 18 cigarettes) would be spending around £32 a week, £138 a month and £1,664 a year on cigarettes.

Lisa Surtees, acting director of Fresh, said: “These are pretty huge sums of money mounting up week by week on cigarettes when you add them up.”

To quit smoking, contact Stockton and Hartlepool NHS Stop Smoking Service on (01642) 383819.