Stub it out for No Smoking Day
Help is at hand for Gloucestershire people who are thinking about quitting smoking as No Smoking Day comes around this year on the 9th March.
There will be events around the county for No Smoking Day to help people take the healthy step towards quit smoking.
Gloucestershire NHS Stop Smoking Service staff will be at Merrywalk Shopping Centre, in Stroud, on Tuesday 8th March from 10.30am until 1.30pm.
They will be there with information stands and free resources to help people take the step to stop smoking.
In Gloucester, town crier Alan Myatt will be patrolling Gloucester city centre on Wednesday, encouraging people to visit the Quit Stop Shop in Southgate Street.
In Cheltenham, the Clinical Commissioning Group's health bus will be parked outside Marks and Spencer on Wednesday.
Staff will be able to provide support and encourage people to make the leap to stub out cigarettes and kick the habit.
Anyone quitting through the service will receive a free 'quit kit' when they first quit to help keep up the fight against smoking, whilst stocks last.
Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: "I'm very keen that we use this day to encourage as many people as possible across the county to quit smoking.
"I know from my own experience how hard it can be to stop, so having the support and advice from professionals is a wonderful benefit for anyone who is even thinking of taking the brilliant step to be nicotine free.
Even if you don't get chance to visit one of the stands, you can still get support by visiting www.stopsmokingglos.nhs.uk or the Quit Shop in Gloucester or by calling 0300 4210040 to make an appointment to see one of our advisors based across the county. Quitting smoking is one of the smartest things any smoker will ever do in their life."