1,600 peo­ple giv­ing up smok­ing

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

MORE than 1,600 peo­ple have given up smok­ing over the last year, thanks to the county coun­cil’s QuitReady stop smok­ing ser­vice,

Since it was launched in 2017, a to­tal of 1,621 peo­ple have been en­cour­aged to quit.

The lat­est na­tional fig­ures, re­leased by Pub­lic Health Eng­land, show that less than 15 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion now smoke - mean­ing the num­ber of smok­ers has dropped by al­most a quar­ter in five years.

Coun­cil­lor Pam Pos­nett, cabi­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing, said: “We’re de­lighted that so many Le­ices­ter­shire res­i­dents have de­cided to go smoke free.

“We know that quit­ting is dif­fi­cult, but smok­ers are four times more likely to suc­ceed with the sup­port of a stop smok­ing ser­vice.”

In a re­cent sur­vey of lo­cal quit­ters, 88 per cent rated the ser­vice they re­ceived from QuitReady, as ex­cel­lent, with an­other nine per cent rat­ing it as good.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see that so many of our re­cent cus­tomers have found the ser­vice help­ful, and we hope smok­ers who want to quit will con­tinue to come to us for sup­port,” Coun­cil­lor Pam Pos­nett added.

“I’d en­cour­age peo­ple to sign up to our free ser­vice, where ded­i­cated ad­vi­sors will give you the best chance of suc­cess.”

All of the quit­ters who took part in the sur­vey said they would rec­om­mend the QuitReady ser­vice to a fam­ily mem­ber or friend who wanted to kick the habit.

Peo­ple who want to start a smoke free jour­ney can con­tact QuitReady by vis­it­ing www.quitready.co.uk, call­ing 0345 646 6666, or tex­ting ‘ready’ to 66777.

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