Help with quitting smoking

Smokers in Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to share a ‘fresh breath’ kiss with their Valentine this year, by quitting smoking with the help of a free NHS Quit Kit now available in participating pharmacies.

For the first time, the new improved Quit Kit contains a voucher for a week’s free trial of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patches which can double smokers’ chances of quitting smoking successfully. Developed by NHS Smokefree together with experts, smokers and ex-smokers, the Quit Kit also contains practical tools and advice to help smokers quit for good.

Helen Shields, Regional Development Manager, Stop Smoking Services East Midlands said: “In the East Midlands there are still around 19 per cent of people who smoke and we know that around two thirds would like to stop. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your appearance, health and for your loved one this Valentine’s. The NHS Quit Kit is full of practical tools and advice that can help you manage your smoking triggers and cravings, and this year you can get a week’s free trial of Nicotine Replacement Therapy patches. Using NRT or other stop smoking medicines can double your chances of quitting smoking successfully compared to going it alone. The Quit Kit is part of a range of free, local support available from the NHS.”

The Quit Kit is available from participating pharmacies across the country that are working in partnership with the Department of Health including Co-operative, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Tesco, Manichem, Whitworth, Superdrug and a range of other participating pharmacies. Visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree to find your local participating pharmacy.

Ruby Hammer, celebrity make-up artist and co-owner of Ruby & Millie is supporting the campaign: “My work means that I come into close contact with lots of different people - some young, some old, some smokers, some non smokers. It is clear to me straight away when I am working with a person who has or still smokes - I can immediately see the effect it has on their skin. Stopping smoking is the best way

to improve skin quality and vitality, and will help you to look your best on Valentines Day.”

Any smoker who wants to quit can get a range of expert help free from the NHS. More information is available at www.nhs.uk/smokefree.