Additional support for neighborhood smokers looking to quit
A DISTRICT initiative to help people quit smoking has been expanded.
Living Well now offers support via certain general practitioner practices and pharmacies, in addition to direct assistance.
The team provides free and personalized support and advice.
Expert counselors help people determine the best methods for trying to quit smoking for good and how to manage cravings, including using treatments such as nicotine replacement therapy.
Living Well has pledged its support for Stoptober – the annual “quit smoking” campaign led by Public Health England – and emphasizes to smokers that it is “never too late” to try to quit.
Its services are available to those over 18 in the Bradford District.
Councilor Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member of the Bradford Council for Healthy People and Places, said: “We are really delighted that we can now offer our smoke-free service to more people locally through their pharmacy or general practitioner. , as well as directly from our team.
“While many smokers have probably already tried to quit, we urge them not to quit.
“Getting the right support is proven to make a difference and this service can really help people quit smoking with tailored support. ”
Research has shown that if smokers can go 28 days without smoking, they are five times more likely to quit for good.
More than half of smokers said they wanted to quit and three-quarters said they would never have started smoking if they could turn back time.
For more information on Living Well and details of the GP offices and pharmacies through which it is available, visit mylivingwell.co.uk/Smoking/support-to-quit. You can also contact the Living Well advisors directly on 01274 437700.
As part of Stoptober, which runs throughout this month, people can download the NHS Quit Smoking app. It allows people to get daily support, track their progress and see how much they are saving.
A spokesperson for Stoptober said, “Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.
“There are a lot of other benefits as well – and they start almost immediately.”
For more information on the campaign, you can go to nhs.uk/stoptober/nhs.