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Stop Smoking teams coming to Erith on No Smoking Day

PUBLISHED: 12:59 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:00 13 March 2018

The Stop Smoking team will be providing advice and support outside Morrisons. Picture: Google

The Stop Smoking team will be providing advice and support outside Morrisons. Picture: Google

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As part of National No Smoking Day on March 14, teams will be out on their mobile bus outside Morrisons in Erith to give local residents the support they need to kick the habbit.

No Smoking Day celebrates the success of people who have stopped smoking, and encourages those still smoking to give up for good.

This year, ex-smokers are being encouraged to share how they stopped smoking on social media, using the hastag #TellUsYourWay.

Bexley’s Public Health Stop Smoking team is taking the oportunity to spread the word outside Morrisons, James Watt Way, from 9:30am to 1pm, and will also be out on Thursday March 22 and Friday March 23 in the Mall in Bexleyheath - this time getting the public’s views on whether Bexleyheath town centre should be a smoke free zone.

They will be joined by Healthwatch England - a statutory body that works to understand the needs, experiences and concerns of people who use health and social care services and to speak out on their behalf.

The survey, which can be completed quickly and easily online, has been extended to Friday March 23, and is available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/smokefreezone.

Over 900 people have responded so far.

If introduced, Bexley would also become the first London Borough to have a smokefree pedestrian zone.

Although voluntary, within the area residents would be encouraged to refrain from smoking or using e-cigarettes.

Offering free, firendly and effective practical support, as well as advice on medications to support residents trying to stop smoking, the council’s free Stop Smoking Service is available to anyone registered with a Bexley GP.

To find out more visit www.smokefreebexley.co.uk or search ‘Smokefree’.

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