Smokers in Derby to get extra help from Fresh Start to break the habit on No Smoking Day
QUIT smoking experts will be out in force in Derby on Wednesday to support people wanting to break the habit - on national No Smoking Day.
The advisors from Fresh Start, the city's free NHS stop smoking service, said they would be in shops and hospitals because they wanted to make it as easy as possible for smokers to approach them.
They said this was because research showed people were up to four times more likely to stop smoking if they have help from experts.
No Smoking Day, on March 13, is being supported by the British Heart Foundation.
The theme for the day this year is Swap Fags for Swag, which aims to promote the idea smokers will have extra cash in their pocket and better health by giving up the habit.
Advisors will be at the following venues on Wednesday - the Royal Derby Hospital, in the main concourse from 10am to 4pm; the Asda store, in Spondon, from 11am until 2pm; and at Murray Park School, running educational workshops.
On Thursday, they will be at Derbyshire Children's Hospital at the Royal Derby, from 10am until 3pm.
Su Benton, Fresh Start team leader, said: "We're taking the Stop Smoking Service out into the community this week to reach as many people as possible, encouraging them to quit smoking for No Smoking Day with the team's support.
"We know that smokers are up to four times more likely to succeed if they have help from the experts in the stop smoking team. Our team is friendly and helpful and we'd encourage anybody to come and have a chat face to face or give us a ring."
People living in Derby can get help and information from Fresh Start by calling 0800 707 6870.