Campaign highlights best chance of quitting for Wakefield smokers

20/03/2017, PR8504

Wakefield Council is supporting a new campaign to highlight the importance and effectiveness of local stop smoking services, such as Yorkshire Smokefree Wakefield.

Wakefield has a high smoking prevalence with over one in five adults smoking (21.9%). This is higher than the regional average of 18.6% and the national average of 16.9%.

Cancer Research UK has launched an advertising campaign encouraging people to get help from their local service, to give smokers the best chance of giving up for good.

Yorkshire Smokefree Wakefield offer a free and confidential stop smoking support service for all residents in the Wakefield district. They offer free one to one or group support from a specialist team of advisers, along with stop smoking medicines which are available for the price of a prescription.

Cllr Pat Garbutt

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “Smoking is a major health concern as it causes a number of diseases including cancer and heart disease. Evidence shows that you are four times more likely to quit when seeking professional help from a local stop smoking service.

“Smokefree Wakefield can offer prescriptions for medications and nicotine replacement therapies which can make it easier to help you quit for good. Contact them today to find out more.”

To contact the service, or for more information, call 0800 612 0011 or visit
http://wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk

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