Thousands of smokers quit countywide

MORE than 2,000 Nottinghamshire smokers successfully quit smoking in the first six months of this financial year, according to new figures released.

Statistics published by the NHS Information Centre show that NHS Nottinghamshire County’s stop smoking services supported 2,261 people to kick the habit during April-September 2010.

Health bosses say the figures include help from GPs, pharmacists and New Leaf - Nottinghamshire’s stop smoking service.

Lynn Robinson, Stop Smoking Lead for NHS Nottinghamshire County, said: ”It’s a great achievement that we’ve helped more than 2,000 local people to go smokefree.

“Smoking is still the single biggest cause of preventable death in the country and aside from the obvious health benefits, there are many other social and financial reasons for quitting.

“Quitting is not easy, but we offer flexible advice and support to help every step of the way”.

Research shows people are four times more likely to succeed with professional support than willpower alone.

Folk can get help to stub out the habit in a number of ways from New Leaf, including one to one, group, telephone and text support - or alternatively speak to a GP or pharmacist for support.

Vouchers for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) are also available to help people kick the habit, with gum and patches combating nicotine cravings.

The service is free for folk who do not pay prescription charges and £7.20 for a 12-week course.

l For more information , contact New Leaf on 0800 389 7712.