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Bexley smokers urged to stop on No Smoking Day

PUBLISHED: 13:10 06 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:10 06 March 2015

KCC is encouraging smokers to quit the habit

KCC is encouraging smokers to quit the habit

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In Bexley one in five adults smoke despite knowing that cigarettes will kill 50 per cent smokers

Bexley’s Stop Smoking Service is inviting all of its past successful quitters to celebrate their success on national No Smoking Day.

The group says that this year, its motivational message is ‘proud to be a quitter’. It held a motivational event at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath on Tuesday (March 3) to promote quitting smoking.

Professor John Moxham is a leading expert on respiratory disease at King’s College Hospital who has worked in respiritory medicine since the 1960s. He applauded the hard work of the Stop Smoking Service in Bexley, but said that there is still lots to do to convince other smokers to quit.

In Bexley, around one in five adults continue to smoke despite knowing that cigarettes will kill one in two smokers. Evidence shows that over two thirds of smokers want to quit but feel they cannot manage even one day without cigarettes. This is because the nicotine in tobacco is highly addictive and creates powerful urges to smoke.

Dr Nada Lemic, Bexley’s director of public health said: “No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for us to encourage and support smokers in Bexley to quit alongside thousands of other people right across the UK.

“There’s a much higher chance of succeeding with support from an expert who understands what you are going through. The service is crucial to helping smokers achieve a healthier, wealthier and longer smoke-free life.”

The Bexley Stop Smoking Service’s ‘Health on Wheels Mobile Quit Bus’ will be outside Morrisons Supermarket in Erith on No Smoking Day, which takes place on March 11, between 9.30am and 2pm, helping smokers of all ages to quit smoking.

All Bexley GP Practices and some pharmacies in the borough also have specially trained Stop Smoking Advisers who can offer effective help to quit. Smokers are urged to call the Stop Smoking Team today on 0800 783 2514 for details. For more information visit Smoke Free Bexley or No Smoking Day

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