There’s a new service to help you stop smoking, why not make it your new year’s resolution? Blackpool Council has introduced the new free service with specialist telephone advisors.
New Service to Help You Stop Smoking
The new service open to Blackpool residents has been launched and designed to support the council’s ‘SmokeFree’ Blackpool goal of reducing overall smoking rates in the town and increasing life expectancy.
It is accepted that people are four times more likely to quit successfully if stop smoking medication is combined with specialist advice and support.
Highly trained telephone advisors will now work with smokers over the phone to create personal quit plans. A smoker can receive up to ten calls over two months to help them in their journey to quit.
Different ways to quit
The service sits alongside a range of stop smoking information offered online by the council, to meet people’s different needs.
Information on the website includes providing advice on where to find the most helpful stop smoking apps and websites for those who prefer to ‘go it alone’. Or how to get face-to-face support from local pharmacies or GP practices.
Cllr Amy Cross, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “Blackpool Council is committed to helping people who want to give up smoking. We want to ensure that smokers are offered support and advice according to their needs and preferred level of support.
Motivation when it’s not easy
“This new service gives people another way of achieving their goal of quitting. Some may find that the personal telephone contact will give them the motivation to keep going when it can get tough.
“We also offer general support such as information on national and web-based helplines through to adopting a more targeted approach to working with people with multiple health needs, pregnant women and young people.”
For more information visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/smokefree or call 0300 123 1044. Please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!
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