A range of services to help smokers to quit

HELP is available to Eastbourne’s unhappy smokers with a range of services.

Thousands of people across Sussex have already stopped smoking with the support of local NHS Stop Smoking Services and eidence shows that smokers are four times more likely to quit smoking with this support.

In Kent, Surrey and Sussex a total of 25,888 smokers quit the habit between April 2011 and March 2012.

This is the highest number reported by local services and the third successive year that NHS South of England (East) has achieved their target.

There is a network of convenient, local advisers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex who run free advice sessions and can offer practical support and guidance on the best methods to quit smoking. Stop smoking sessions are held in a variety of locations including as local pharmacies, GP surgeries, the workplace and the local village hall.

A variety of individually tailored support is available, including a telephone helpline and local group activity- both in the community and the workplace. The approach services take to help people stop smoking is based on the latest evidence and the circumstances of individual smokers. More than 50 per cent of those setting a quit date successfully quit.

Fiona Bower, from NHS South of England (East) said, “We offer free, expert local support that really works. We are experienced in helping people to quit smoking and we know what works.” Professor Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director of Public Health said: “If you are a smoker, why not go for gold this summer and sign up to a local service, you have everything to gain.” To find out more call 0800 0224332 or visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk