Leisure centre passes for successful quitters


Smokers in Sheffield who manage to quit are being offered free leisure centre passes as a reward for their efforts.

Those who quit successfully after four weeks receiving help from the Sheffield Quit-Stop will receive a three month Sheffield International Venues (SIV) leisure centre pass.

The scheme is being run by the Sheffield stop smoking service, which is provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Smokers who want their chance of receiving a free leisure pass must visit the team’s Quit-Stop at 39 Charles Street, Sheffield. Passes will go to the first 100 clients who set a quit date and successfully quit at four weeks with support from a Quit-Stop adviser.

The Quit-Stop offers a free drop-in service where you can speak to a trained stop smoking adviser who will be able to help them on their way to quitting. The Quit-Stop also offers information about the prescriptions that are available and is open 6 days per week, including late Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. The Quit-Stop is in the city centre, just off Pinstone Street, only 2 minutes walk from the Town Hall.

The promotion is valid from 14th September to 31st October 2011, or when all the passes are given out. The first 100 smokers to quit successfully for four weeks through an adviser in the Quit-Shop will receive the pass to use in any of the SIV leisure centres. This includes Ponds Forge, Hillsborough, Concord and EIS Sheffield and Don Valley Stadium.

Service manager Claire Holden said, "This scheme is an innovative way to help people stop smoking at the same time as giving them the opportunity get fit- doubling their chances of improving their health. Research shows people are four times more likely to succeed with adviser support than willpower alone. Sheffield stop smoking service can provide motivation and help to get someone on the right track to giving up smoking for good. We hope people will take advantage of this great incentive."

For more information about the scheme drop-in to the Quit-Stop at 39 Charles Street, Sheffield or call the Quit-Stop on 0800 068 4490.

Leisure centre passes for successful quitters

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