December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 9, 2013
A campaign aimed at getting smokers to kick the habit will be launched throughout Suffolk this month, as new figures reveal 20% of people in the county currently smoke.
A team of stop smoking advisors from Live Well Suffolk will tour the county in the run-up to the Stoptober challenge, where smokers go without cigarettes during October, and encourage people to take part.
The latest figures released by the organisation shows one in five people in Suffolk smoke and it is estimated half of them will die prematurely because of the habit.
Steven Lee-Foster, director of Live Well Suffolk, said: Our message is clear – we are here to help Suffolk’s smokers successfully quit.
“We will be across the county throughout September to speak to people and give them advice and guidance about the best ways to quit before the Stoptober campaign begins.
“We know that it can be difficult but our trained advisors can give hints and techniques or dedicated stop smoking clinics for when willpower begins to slip.”
Live Well Suffolk’s team will be in Felixstowe on September 10, Brandon on September 12 and Haverhill on September 13 to encourage smokers to take on the challenge. The team will also be at Ipswich Hospital on September 25 and Sudbury on September 27.
For more information, visit www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk/stoptober or phone 01473 229292.