Exmouth smokers encouraged to stub it out on Wednesday 14 March

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By FutureExmouth | Friday, March 09, 2012, 06:00

SMOKERS IN EXMOUTH are being encouraged to stub out their cigarettes today (Wednesday 14 March). It's national No Smoking Day.  And to help them quit, smokers are being urged to try a free NHS stop-smoking service, offering one-to-one advice in Exmouth...

Last year around 7,000 smokers in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay quit smoking. This year the NHS is hoping more will kick the habit. It is making sure that smokers are offered professional help to quit when they visit their GP, pharmacy or hospital. Information leaflets giving smokers advice on how and where they can give up are also available across the county.

Dr Virginia Pearson, NHS Devon's director of public health, is urging smokers to take advantage of free NHS support on No Smoking Day.and specialist stop smoking sessions at a local clinic.

"We know that people are four times more likely to stop smoking if they use NHS support, with up to seven in ten people who use the specialist stop smoking service managing to successfully quit," she said. "So we want to make sure that if they visit their GP, pharmacy or local hospital they are told where they can get help to quit."

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust runs a stop smoking service that covers all of Devon. It offers practical support and guidance on the best methods for each individual to quit smoking. Sessions are held in local health centres, GP surgeries, pharmacies, leisure centres and village halls. For a full list of clinics, or to sign-up, email stopsmoking.devonpct@nhs.net or call 01884 836 024.

Help in Exmouth

In Exmouth, there's a stop-smoking service every Tuesday, 1.30pm-3.30pm, at Withycombe Clinic, Withycombe Village Road, EX8 3AE. To book a place, call 01884 836 024.

"People who smoke have individual habits and so each client at our stop smoking service gets a tailored approach to maximise the likelihood of success," says Dr Pearson. "We are able to help people quit smoking through one-to-one clinics or group meetings and can help when other methods have proved unsuccessful.

"So for those who have tried to give up several times and perhaps feel that nothing will work, we may have the solution. You don't have to be ready to stop there and then. Our stop smoking specialist advisors are on hand to help you find the best method to help you quit."

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