Pack it in for good on No Smoking Day

HERE TO HELP: Stop Smoking service manager Pat Marshall (left) and Stop Smoking service team lead Joanna Feeney.

HERE TO HELP: Stop Smoking service manager Pat Marshall (left) and Stop Smoking service team lead Joanna Feeney.

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SMOKERS who want to quit for good are being offered a helping hand by the experts.

And they can 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, March 11.

This year’s No Smoking Day theme is proud to be a quitter. People are encouraged to come along to events in Hartlepool and Billingham to get the support they need.

Help is available at the Central Library in York Road, Hartlepool, on March 11, from 10am to 3pm.

People can also visit the New Billingham Library on Wednesday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 25, from 10am to 12pm each day.

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to stop smoking. For some people it is about making a lifestyle change ... for others, it’s about the way their smoking affects the people close to them...

Pat Marshall, 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-judgmental 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.”

There’s plenty of health benefits to packing in, said Pat.

“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.”

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.”

She said 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.”

For more details, visit the website HEREor call (01642) 383819.

They can also join the conversation with the trust by following@NTeesHpoolNHSFT on Twitter.

They can chat to the specialist stop smoking advisors, share their experience and selfies using the hashtags #proudteesquitter and #NoSmokingDay.