A chance to stop while you shop

QUIT ADVICE ... public health boss Amanda Healy.
QUIT ADVICE ... public health boss Amanda Healy.

SMOKERS in South Tyneside will be able to quit while they shop thanks to a free roadshow.

Members of the NHS Stop Smoking Service will be visiting the borough’s supermarkets over the next few weeks to get people to quit their unhealthy habit.

Staff will be on hand to provide information about the range of support services available and to direct shoppers to them.

They will also offer hints and tips to help people quit smoking successfully.

Amanda Healy, acting director of public health for South Tyneside, said: “Many people think about quitting in the New Year, so it’s an ideal time to raise awareness with shoppers through the roadshow.

“Stopping smoking is the single greatest thing you can do to improve your health. With the help of the NHS Stop Smoking Service, you are four times more likely to quit than using willpower alone.”

The quit roadshow will be at Tesco in Towers Place, Simonside, South Shields, from Friday, February 1 to 4 and Asda, South Shields, from Monday, February 11 to 13.

The service provides a 12-week stop smoking programme which includes preparation for quitting, setting a quit date and weekly carbon monoxide monitoring.

People who use the NHS Stop Smoking Service and receive free prescriptions can have nicotine replacement therapy – gum, patches and inhalers – free of charge.

For more information, call 08005 316 317.

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