Belper clinic will help smokers quit during ‘Stoptober’

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A new free drop-in style clinic has opened in Belper to offer support to smokers who want to quit during the national Stoptober campaign.

Smokers in Derbyshire are being urged to join the national Stoptober 2013 campaign this year with the aim to stop smoking for 28 days.

Scientific research has shown that smokers who stop for 28 days are five times more likely to stop once and for all. Stoptober is an annual event and targets Britain’s eight million smokers.

To support this campaign Derbyshire County Stop Smoking Service, a service provided by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, is running a drop-in style clinic, at the Cottage Project, Bridge Street, Belper. Appointments are not necessary. Weekly sessions will be running between 1pm - 3pm on Fridays through until December.

At the drop-in sessions smokers can receive free friendly advice and support while meeting like-minded people who want to stop smoking. The sessions are open to everyone who is thinking about giving up smoking. It does not matter how many times people have tried to quit before.

For those who don’t have the time to join a group or attend the sessions at the drop-in centre there is also a free telephone advice line, Quitline 0800 085 22 99 or 01246 868425, which offers support at flexible times.

Tina Jones, Tobacco Control Programme Manager for Derby County Stop Smoking Service said: “Stoptober gives smokers who want to stop an excellent opportunity to try. We are confident that once they have quit for a month, people will not want to go back to smoking”

For more information about the support available from Derbyshire County Stop Smoking Service ring 01246 868425 or 0800 085 2299 or visit the website at www.derbyshirecountystopsmokingservice.nhs.uk.