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Thousands of East Lancashire smokers to take part in mass quit
THOUSANDS of smokers across East Lancashire are being urged to join the first-ever national mass quit.
Borough health experts want them to sign up to the Department of Health’s “Stoptober” campaign.
The new “stub them out” drive which runs throughout October, offers smokers a free preparation pack, 28-day Quit Calendar and Health & Wealth wheel. Smokers will also receive support through a daily messaging service.
Blackburn with Darwen has an estimated 25,700 smokers and East Lancashire has one of the highest percentages of smokers in the country.
Dominic Harrison, borough director of public health for Blackburn, said: “We want to help as many people as possible in Blackburn with Darwen to become smoke free. There is a wide range of support available.
“For example our local stop smoking services are doing a great job, and last year in Blackburn with Darwen 839 people successfully quit with their support.”
Doctor Chris Clayton, head of Blackburn with Darwen NHS Commissioning, said: “As well as the financial benefits of stopping smoking, those undertaking the 28 day programme will experience physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy.”
Stop smoking sessions are also available in Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale.
For more details on sessions, and to make an appointment, call 01254 380424.