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Smokers in Bexley can kick the habit with this free service

PUBLISHED: 14:11 30 August 2017

Bexley council runs a free stop-smoking service

Bexley council runs a free stop-smoking service

Robert Herhold

There are more than 30,000 smokers in the borough

Smokers around the borough are being encouraged to use a free service to help kick the habit.

Figures released in May reveal there are more than 30,000 people still smoking around Bexley, making up around 12.5 per cent of the population.

Lower than the national average of 15 per cent,

Bexley council runs its own stop smoking service offering advice, patches and oral medications and is now calling on more residents to sign up.

Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “We understand that the road to packing up smoking is a tough one. That is why we offer our free stop smoking service to support residents along the way.

“Smoke Free Bexley has proved to boost long-term success rates by up to four times and has helped thousands of residents quit for good. Now, with the launch of the new NHS Smokefree Helpline, there is even more support available to residents should they feel ready to take the first step.”

Residents can self-refer to the six-week treatment and support programme via smokefreebexley.co.uk.

Priority appointments are given to pregnant smokers, smokers with existing smoking-related conditions and smokers identified through the NHS Health Check programme.

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