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Stop smoking service working to lead smokers to victory

Posted on the 10th March 2014

This year’s No Smoking Day led by the British Heart Foundation has a ‘V for Victory’ theme which is set to inspire thousands of smokers to stand up to the fight against cigarettes. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Quit Squad is urging quitters not to struggle on their own but to get in touch for support and information on the products available to help them through their stop smoking journey. 

Julie Trezise, Quit Squad Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“No Smoking Day provides the perfect opportunity for people to join hundreds of others in Central Lancashire attempting to quit on the same day. We’re here to help anyone who wants to quit smoking and even if people are just considering it, we’re urging them to get in touch.

“People do not always realise the serious harm that smoking can do to their health which is why it’s so important for people to get in touch with us. A lot of our quitters have said they’re surprised at how quickly they started to feel the benefits to their health, it’s never too late to think about quitting.” 

The Quit Squad is holding events the following events to enable people to drop by for expert help and advice:

Central Lancashire

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Tuesday 11 March

  • Chorley Market, Market Place, Chorley PR7 1BH
Wednesday 12 March – No Smoking Day
  • Asda Supermarket, Eastway, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9NP
  • Morrisons Supermarket, Olympian Way, Leyland, PR25 3UR
Monday 17 March
  • Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane north, Fulwood, PR2 9HT
  Tuesday 11 March
  • Asda, Hyndburn Rd, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 1QR
Wednesday 12 March
  • British Heart Foundation, St James's Street, Burnley BB11 1NJ
Wednesday 12 March
  • Bacup Health Centre, Rochdale Road, OL13 9NR
Wednesday 12 March
  • Nelson Library, Market Square. Nelson, BB9 7PU
Wednesday 12 March
  • Burnley General Hospital Casterton Avenue, BB10 2PQ

The awareness campaign has the full support of local army cadets who are also encouraging as many people as possible to quit smoking.

Mark Standrill, Blackburn Royal Signals Detachment Commander said:

“We recognise the challenge faced by all smokers and the huge impact that cigarettes can have on the smoker and their families.  We are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with health allies.”

Dr Helen Park, Associate Medical Director and Consultant in Public Health at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Lancashire Care sees the health and wellbeing of its population as its highest priority. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of ill health and premature death, therefore the Trust offers a number of services to help local people to stop smoking, and in doing so, gain many extra years of healthy life. The Quit Squad are our experts in stopping smoking and they are keen to speak to as many people as possible about the different ways they can help them quit smoking for good.”

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation said:

“Quitting smoking is the single best thing people can do for their health and we want to arm smokers with information and support that will send them on the road to victory. We’re encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday 12 March in their diary to join hundreds of thousands of other quitters in attempting to stub out cigarettes for good.”

To get in touch with the Quit Squad or to find out more about the events please contact 01772 644474 or 0800 3286297.