Helping smokers to break the habit and breathe easier

Helping smokers to break the habit and breathe easier

A new stop smoking service has been launched in Camden and Islington to help smokers kick their habit for good.

Smokers who are looking to stop now have a wider range of free support available through the Breathe stop smoking service to increase their chances of success.

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, and the health of your family. Breathe offers free and confidential advice to people who live, work or study in Camden and Islington, with advisors who can provide a range of tailored methods to suit your way of breaking the habit.

When you need support, you can contact local advisors via text, phone or email, or visit the Breathe website for advice and information. For more intensive support you can also attend sessions with your advisor in person at a community location.

Next month is also Stoptober, Public Health England’s mass quitting campaign that begins on 1 October, making it the perfect time to think about giving up the habit.

To kick-start the new service, Breathe has planned events for local people this week, when residents are invited to come and meet their friendly stop smoking specialist advisors and find out more about the services available to them. In Camden, the launch event is on Thursday 28 September, from 11am to 5pm, in Kentish Town High Street, where there will be a range of entertainment including a face-painter for children. Come along and find out more about the new service.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, Camden Council Cabinet Member for Tackling Health Inequality and Promoting Independence, said: “Around one in six people smoke in Camden. Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable ill health and death in Camden, so it’s really important that smokers are given a range of support to help them stop smoking for good. Our new service, called Breathe, offers flexible and varied support to enable more residents to break the habit, and reduce the number of smokers in our borough. You are four times more likely to stop smoking with the support of a specialist advisor, so I am urging people to contact our service today.”

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