NELFT Stop Smoking Service helped support smokers trying to quit in Redbridge and Waltham Forest in January. As many people make New Year’s resolutions to quit smoking, NELFT staff were on hand at locations across the two boroughs to support people to lead a smoke-free life.
The Stop Smoking Service was present at 13 different locations across Redbridge and Waltham Forest during January, including council buildings, hospitals, supermarkets and tube stations. Pictured above is Stop Smoking Advisor Stephen Ashelford at Tesco in Goodmayes.
The Service staff were also visited by local journalist Niall Joyce, pictured below, who quit smoking at New Year, and he met our Stop Smoking Co-ordinator Lynn Hanlon at Gants Hill tube station to hear how the team could help people become smoke free.
You can read more about Niall’s journey on the Ilford Recorder website: www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/health/new_year_new_niall_ilford_reporter_is_not_giving_up_resolutions_without_a_fight_1_4846838
If you are a smoker, stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your own health and the health of those around you. You will start to see the benefits very quickly, not only to your health but also to the money in your pocket. Over 14,800,000 smokers in England have already quit for good.
Michele De Sousa, NELFT Stop Smoking Service Team Lead, said: "More and more people recognise that quitting smoking is a great thing to do, but many still smoke. Smoking remains our biggest cause of avoidable death and disability.
“Everyone’s quitting journey is different, however you choose to quit, and NELFT stop smoking advisors can support you.”
For further information about NELFT Stop Smoking Services, visit the team’s website at: www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-rbwf-stop-smoking
National No Smoking Day will be on Wednesday 8 March and there will be further details announced nearer the date of events that the NELFT Stop Smoking Service is taking part in.