Get support to go smoke-free in 2016
After the general excesses of the festive period, it’s that time of year again when we’re all looking to kick off our New Year resolutions. Getting fit and eating more healthily top most people’s lists, but quitting smoking isn’t far behind.
GPs in Merton are encouraging local residents to kick the habit as part of Public Health England’s Smoke-Free January campaign.
Smokers across the borough who are looking to quit can pick up a free ‘quit card’ from their local pharmacy or GP Practice to help them find the right support to help them to stop smoking – and stick to it.
When it comes to stopping smoking, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. The quit cards enable smokers to look at the support options available and find the right combination that meets their needs, with advice and support from their GP and local pharmacist.
Around 15 per cent of adults in Merton smoke, which is lower than the London average of 17 per cent, but still higher than some of our neighbouring boroughs. We all know that smoking is bad for our health and is linked to a whole range of potentially fatal diseases, including cancer, heart disease and respiratory conditions. However, quitting is never easy – and that’s where your local NHS smoking cessation service can help.
If you’re interested in finding out more about stopping smoking, pop into your local pharmacy or make an appointment with your GP to discuss the best way forward.
Local stop smoking services are also available by visiting the LiveWell Merton website or calling 0208 251 0606. 0208