Smokers in the Newmarket area are being urged to make a New Year’s resolution to kick the habit with help from a free support campaign.
Live Well Suffolk has been working with nine pharmacies in and around the town to provide fully trained stop smoking advisors who understand the difficulties involved in trying to quit
“Trying to give up smoking is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make, but often they don’t succeed,” said Richard Crick, Live Well Suffolk’s healthy lifestyles services manager.
“Quitting is tough, and we don’t want people to think that just because they’ve tried and failed in the past, they can’t try again.
“By taking advantage of the free support that is available from your local pharmacy or your GP, you’re four times more likely to quit than if you go it alone.”
As well as visiting their local chemist, smokers can also get help from their GP or contact Live Well Suffolk for stop smoking support.
The organisation offers group therapy, one-to-one sessions, and programmes to support pregnant mums who smoke, and more information is available at www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk or on 01473 229292.
Local pharmacies offering the free stop smoking service are Boots, High Street, Newmarket; Day Lewis PLC, Village Centre, Red Lodge; Lakenheath Pharmacy, High Street; Lords Pharmacy, The Guineas Newmarket; Lloyds Pharmacy, Manor Court Mildenhall; Lloyds Pharmacy, Market Place, Mildenhall; Lloyds Pharmacy, Newmarket; Superdrug, The Guineas, Newmarket and Tesco pharmacy, Fordham Road, Newmarket.
Councillor Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health and adult care, said: “We’re working with Live Well Suffolk and the wider health community to get people talking about the health risks associated with smoking, and to promote every opportunity to quit.
“I know that this can be a real challenge, which is why we’re encouraging people to take advantage of the support available from their pharmacy or GP and local NHS stop smoking services.”
An estimated three people die in Suffolk every day from smoking-related causes.
It also costs almost £195 million every year in the county through lost productivity, cost to the healthcare service and other related factors.