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More people giving up smoking

PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:18 05 July 2010

OVER the last year more than 10 people a day in Suffolk have given up smoking, new figures have revealed.

The Suffolk Stop Smoking Service helped 3,920 people quit between April 2007 and April 2008 - exceeding a Department of Health target of 3,857.

OVER the last year more than 10 people a day in Suffolk have given up smoking, new figures have revealed.

The Suffolk Stop Smoking Service helped 3,920 people quit between April 2007 and April 2008 - exceeding a Department of Health target of 3,857. And it is estimated the figure could top 4,000 when all of the data has been collected.

Jeff Keighley, deputy coordinator of the Suffolk Stop Smoking Service, said: “We are delighted to have helped so many people to give up smoking and to have exceeded the tough target set for us by the Department of Health.

“We now want to go one step further by reaching smokers who have a high nicotine dependency. These are the people who have often failed to quit several times and are less likely to ask for help as they don't believe they can give up - but with the right support, we want to show them that anyone can kick the habit.”

Nurses at GP practices, midwives and the specialist stop smoking service have all helped the 3,920 people quit.

Despite the success, the schemes coordinators are keen to go one step further in the next 12 months and help even more people give up.

The stop smoking service offers a range of help to people who want to give up smoking, including one-to-one sessions, group support and specialist clinics. Stop smoking medication is also available on the NHS through the service.

In the coming year, new initiatives will be introduced, along with a targeted marketing campaign to hit the most dependant smokers.

“A lot of people find it hard to give up smoking, but we're here to help,” said Mr Keighley. “Whatever your reason for quitting, we want you to give us a call. Smoking still kills 1,200 people every year in Suffolk and every death is one too many.

“Research shows people are four times more likely to give up successfully if they get specialist support, so we would urge people to get in touch.”

Anyone who needs help to give up smoking should contact the Suffolk Stop Smoking Service on 0800 0856037 or email suffolk.stop.smoking@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk or by text on 01473 704314.

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