The local NHS is giving its Stop Smoking Service an additional push after the chief medical officer said smokers were still underestimating the serious health risks.
In East Sussex smoking is killing around 1,000 people each year. Nationally smoking kills more people than the combined total of preventable deaths caused by obesity, alcohol, traffic accidents, illegal drugs and HIV infections.
A spokesperson from the Stop Smoking Service says most smokers want to quit but often choose to go it alone which is the least effective method. There is lots of support available including nicotine replacement products, which are available on prescription and free for those who don’t pay for prescriptions.
Diana Grice, director of public health for East Sussex, said,“Giving up smoking can be extremely difficult, so providing extra motivation and reminding people of the support available locally can help make it easier for people in East Sussex to stop smoking for good.”
East Sussex offers a free local service through GP practices, pharmacies and community settings across East Sussex.
People are four times more likely to quit with their local NHS Stop Smoking Service.
Call 0800 917 8896 or go to www.stopsmokingineastsussex.co.uk for information.