Hartlepool smokers urged to kick the habit for Stoptober

Pat Marshall, left, with Joanna Feeney, from the stop smoking service.
Pat Marshall, left, with Joanna Feeney, from the stop smoking service.

Smokers across Hartlepool were today urged to quit cigarettes with help from the experts.

Tomorrow marks the start of this year’s Stoptober initiative and the stop smoking service at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the national stop smoking campaign.

The 28 day campaign, which is backed by Fresh, encourages smokers across the country to stop smoking.

Experts say Stoptober is a great time for smokers to make a positive change in their lives and quit.

It’s a time when family, friends and colleagues can all make a start together.

People who quit for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke free.

The trust’s stop smoking service lead for Stockton and Hartlepool Pat Marshall said: “Getting the right support from a team of stop smoking professionals who understand and can help you can make a huge difference to being able to quit successfully. We also welcome smokers to our stop smoking sessions who want to use their own e-cigs to help them quit.”

Stop smoking service lead for Middlesbrough Redcar and Cleveland Joanna Feeney added: “We can give every individual smoker the best possible chance of quitting.

“If you start now for Stoptober you will have quit smoking by Christmas. Not only will you be beginning the start of a healthier lifestyle, but you will begin to save hundreds of pounds.

Help to is on offer at stop smoking sessions and pharmacies and GP practices across the Tees Valley including Hartlepool.

For details, visit www.nth.nhs.uk/services/stop-smoking-service/ or phone (01642) 383819 during office hours.