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Council supports national campaign to increase residents chances of giving up smoking

Council supports national campaign to increase residents’ chances of giving up smoking

11 March 2020
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Wokingham Borough Council is today supporting national No Smoking Day by encouraging residents to make today the day they quit for good. 

Despite smoking rates in Wokingham being one of the lowest in England, there are still over 10,000 smokers in the Borough whose health is being affected so the council is supporting Public Health England (PHE) to promote No Smoking Day and encourage smokers in Wokingham to try give up smoking. No matter how long you've smoked for, no matter how many cigarettes you smoke a day, your health will start to improve as soon as you quit.

Quitting smoking can be difficult, so the council is reminding smokers around the borough that they don’t have to do this alone.  Wokingham smokers can increase their chance of successfully quitting through specialist support and advice which is available for free through the local stop smoking service Smokefreelife Berkshire. The Smokefreelife Berkshire team can also provide expert advice on different types of nicotine replacement products to suit individual needs.  

Smokefreelife Berkshire hold drop-in clinics in local community settings, including GP surgeries and supermarkets, as well as one-to-one or group sessions and a free weekly supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

“We know quitting smoking is not easy and we want to encourage people to keep trying. No Smoking Day provides the perfect opportunity for family, friends and colleagues to work together towards quitting smoking for good,” said Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services.

“People are more likely to be successful when accessing the right specialist support. This is why we are encouraging residents to get in contact and take advantage of this free service to give themselves every chance to succeed”.  

Wokingham Borough Council, together with other local authorities, supports Smokefreelife Berkshire, a free service covering Wokingham, Reading, Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead and West Berkshire, who provide support to those trying to quit.

For further details on support services available across Wokingham visit www.smokefreelifeberkshire.com/how-to-quit/