No smoking day for borough's 40,000 smokers starts today

PUBLISHED: 09:13 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:14 09 March 2016

Smoker holding a cigarette (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Smoker holding a cigarette (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Health staff are in Erith to offer support and information

Today (Wednesday) marks a national campaign to help get smokers to kick the habit, as part of no smoking day.

A recent survey showed two thirds of smokers in London wanted to quit, but one in five of us still smoke.

Dr Nada Lemic, Bexley’s director of public health, said: “We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting.

“No smoking day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in Bexley to quit for good.

“By following an effective treatment programme, smokers are more likely to succeed in their quit attempt. That’s why staff from Bexley Stop Smoker Service will be out in force on the day, signing up smokers to quit and signposting them to the resources available to them.”

Advisors from the Smokefree Bexley Team will be outside Morrisons in Erith between 9:30 am and 2pm, encouraging local people to sign up to the treatment programme and receive free expert advice and support.

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