People who live and work in Calderdale are invited to take the leap this No Smoking Day with the Calderdale stop smoking service so they can be sure to get the help they need to give up 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.
An information stand will be setup at Calderdale College so that staff and students can find out everything they need to take the leap and stop smoking. Smokefree homes worker Carly Tordoff will be manning the stand and providing information to also encourage people to sign up to the smokefree homes and cars promise.
Smokefree homes and cars is a voluntary initiative to protect children, non-smokers and pets from the hazards of secondhand smoke. When people sign up to the initiative they will receive a certificate recognising their pledge. As part of the scheme Calderdale residents will have the opportunity to receive a free home safety check from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
As well as being on site at Calderdale College, Lucy Hill, the specialist stop smoking advisor for pregnancy and families, will be at the Women’s and Children’s Department at Calderdale Royal Hospital handing out information for visitors and inpatients about the stop smoking service and encouraging people to think about stopping smoking.
The Calderdale stop smoking team offers free friendly support and nicotine replacement therapy such as nicotine inhalers and patches. They can also help provide access to prescriptions for Zyban and Champix to help smokers who choose to go smokefree.
Specialist stop smoking advisor Jan Spence said, "We know that most smokers would really like to stop, but find it hard to. So this No Smoking Day we want to make it as easy as possible. Stopping smoking is one of the most effective ways of improving your health and free help is available. We hope No Smoking Day will give people the boost they need to stop smoking and encourage smokers, to take the leap and give it a go with the help of our local stop smoking advisers."
If you live in Calderdale, and would like to know more about this free service contact the specialist stop smoking service on 01422 281505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org