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Free support for Newham smokers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 December 2015

Newham Council is providing help to residents who want to quit smoking (picture: PA)

Newham Council is providing help to residents who want to quit smoking (picture: PA)

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Smokers keen to kick the habit in the New Year are being urged to take advantage of the free support provided by Newham Council.

The council is supporting Public Health England’s stop smoking campaign, which runs through January and highlights the invisible damage cigarettes cause to the body.

Over the last two years more than 5,800 residents have been supported with free help and advice provided by Newham Council.

Anyone aged 12 and over living in the borough can receive one-to-one support.

This includes an individually tailored treatment plan working towards a set quit date, access to NHS approved medications including nicotine replacement therapies like patches, gum and lozenges, and follow-ups for at least the first four weeks from quitting.

Cllr Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health, said: “Quitting smoking is one of the most frequently made New Year resolutions – but through our free support we can turn this ambition into a reality.

“Newham’s stop smoking services have helped thousands of people begin leading healthier lives through stubbing out the habit.

“There are advisers in nearly every pharmacy and at community drop-in services that will help residents enjoy a cigarette free future.”

For more advice, visit newham.gov.uk/stopsmoking or email stopsmokingteam@newham.gov.uk

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