SMOKERS in Sefton who are considering quitting in January are being urged by experts to give it a go with NHS support for a healthier start to 2013.
The message comes at a time when thousands of local smokers aim to quit as part of their New Year’s resolutions.
NHS support for stopping smoking is estimated at being four times more effective than going ‘cold turkey’ alone. And this January, free support is available to smokers from SUPPORT, Sefton’s stop smoking service, and through NHS Quit Kits, which are available free of cost from a wide range of local pharmacies.
The call to quit follows a hard hitting New Year Department of Health campaign that features TV ads showing a tumour growing on a cigarette as it is smoked, which is designed to show that every cigarette is potentially harmful.
Smoking is still one of Merseyside’s biggest killers, claiming the lives of around 4,700 people every year - yet people still underestimate the serious damage to health caused by smoking, which ultimately kills half of all long-term smokers.
Collette Kearney, Stop Smoking Coordinator for Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust said: “Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health this year. We know that the majority of smokers do want to quit, but it can be hard without the right advice and support.