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HELP TO QUIT SMOKING AND IMPROVE HEALTH

Posted on the 29th May 2020

Help is available for people in Lancashire who want to look after their health and wellbeing by quitting smoking.

Lancashire’s stop smoking service, the Quit Squad, is using World No Tobacco Day to encourage smokers to think about the long term impact smoking could have on their health.

The service, provided by Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, is still providing specialist stop smoking support over the telephone and also online using the My Quit Route App. Quit Squad provides dedicated help and advice to people who need advice or help to significantly reduce the amount they smoke, or quit smoking altogether.

World No Tobacco Day takes place on Sunday, May 31, and offers the opportunity to recognise the benefits stopping smoking can have on health and wellbeing.

Tracy Sutton, Quit Squad Manager at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Covid-19 has made lots of people really think about how important and valuable their health is and this is leading people who smoke, to think about the potential damage they could be doing.

“Smoking harms our immune system and our ability to fight off infections - the most effective measure to reduce the risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease, strokes and some cancers, is to quit.

“Quitting smoking is tough for many but we want people to know that they don’t need to do it alone – we are here to help every step of the way. There are so many reasons to quit smoking and now is the perfect time to do that and avoid having to go into hospital because of a serious, smoking-related illness.”

Anyone who needs help can get in touch with the service by calling 0800 3286297 or visiting https://www.quitsquad.nhs.uk.

As well as telephone support from Quit Squad, digital online support is available through the My Quit Route app. The app, which can be downloaded via the App store or from Google Play, provides 24/7 support and will help track your progress, money saved and offer support when you have a craving.

The Quit Squad is delivered by Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust and funded by Lancashire County Council.