1,600 people giving up smoking
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.