Smokers urged to kick habit

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SMOKERS are being encouraged to start their plans to quit ahead of national No Smoking Day next month.

Smokers across Hartlepool and east Durham are being urged to pick up a free Quit Kit from their local pharmacy in time for Wednesday, March 9.

The Quit Kit is designed to help smokers quit and has been put together with the help of experts, smokers and successful quitters.

It contains a voucher to send off for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) as well as practical tips and advice.

Although the North-East has had the biggest drop in smoking in England since 2005, it still remains the North-East’s biggest killer and cause of ill health, with 22 per cent of people smoking.

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “No Smoking Day is a time when tens of thousands of adults decide to give it a go.

“It’s a great opportunity for families, friends and work colleagues to get together and give each other extra support to help quit for good.”

“We’re urging everyone who smokes and would like to stop to give it their best shot this year, but why wait until March?”

The Quit Kit is available from participating pharmacies that are working in partnership with the Department of Health including Co-operative, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Tesco, Manichem, Whitworth, Superdrug as well as a number of local independent pharmacies.

Visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree to find participating pharmacies.