The Sheffield Stop Smoking Service is inviting local people to look before they leap this No Smoking Day to find out more about what help is available to quit smoking for good.
This year’s No Smoking Day, which is part of an initiative provided by the British Heart Foundation, takes place on Wednesday 14 March. On this day more than a million smokers are expected to make a quit attempt.
Maggie Milne, specialist stop smoking adviser at Sheffield Stop Smoking Service says, "We know that most smokers would really like to stop, but find it hard to. So this No Smoking Day we want to encourage smokers to Take the Leap and give it a go, with the help of our local stop smoking advisers."
People in Sheffield are invited to an open day at the city centre Quit-Stop, 39 Charles Street, to find out what help is available to support them to quit for good. The Quit-Stop is open on No Smoking Day from 8am to 7pm.
Stop smoking advisers will be on hand to offer advice with ‘no pressure, no obligation, just information’. They will also be holding 10 minute talks throughout the day at half past the hour between 10.30am and 2.30pm, discussing how they can help smokers to quit. And there may just be a few goodies for smokers who set a date to quit.
The service’s trained advisers offer smokers advice, information and support. This includes information on what medications are available (like patches and gum), tips on beating those cravings, and support to help you stay quit for good. This is a free, non-judgemental and confidential service and is tailored to suit the needs of each individual smoker.
Other teams will also be at the Quit-Stop sharing information about their services . The local substance misuse service will be on hand to talk to anyone about stopping cannabis use, and the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be talking about fire safety checks for your home.
Claire Holden, the service manager at the Sheffield Stop Smoking Service said, "Stopping smoking is the one of the most effective ways of improving your health and free help is available to help you quit from our Sheffield NHS Stop Smoking Service. You’re four times more likely to quit smoking for good with expert friendly support from a local service. We hope No Smoking Day will give people the boost they need to stop smoking this year."
Normal opening hours for the Quit-Stop are 9am – 4.45pm Monday, Thursday and Friday, Tuesdays 10am to 4.45pm, late opening Wednesday 8am to 7pm and 9.30am – 12.30pm on Saturday.
The service is based in Sheffield city centre at 39 Charles Street, just off Pinstone Street, only 2 minutes walk from the Town Hall.
For advice and support on stopping smoking, contact the NHS Sheffield Stop Smoking Service helpline free on 0800 068 4490, visit their website www.sheffieldstopsmoking.org.uk or call into the Quit-Stop at 39 Charles Street.