Get support to stub out smoking
With No Smoking Day on Wednesday 8th March, the county’s health professionals are here to help.
For Gloucestershire people who are thinking about quitting smoking, the county’s healthy lifestyles service will be hosting a drop in event at Gloucester Royal Hospital.
Their healthy lifestyles coaches will be in the main atrium at the hospital from 9am - 4pm to talk to people about how the service can support them to give up smoking.
They will be there alongside staff from Gloucestershire NHS offering advice and free resources to help people take that first step to stopping smoking.
The new Gloucestershire healthy lifestyles service offers support to help people improve their health. Whether that is to stop smoking, reduce the amount they drink, lose weight or be more active, the service empowers people to make positive lifestyle changes.
People who need support will be offered group and individual support, with more intensive one-to-one support available for those who need it.
Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: “No Smoking Day is a great opportunity to take a positive step towards quitting smoking.
“I know from my own experience how hard it can be to stop, so having the support and advice from the county’s health professionals is a wonderful benefit for anyone who is even thinking of taking the brilliant step to be nicotine free.
“Quitting smoking is one of the best things any smoker will ever do in their life and I’d encourage people to take that step.”
Dr Sally Pearson, Director of Clinical Strategy explains: “As an NHS organisation, we are absolutely committed to improving the health of local people. Smoking is an important contributory factor in a range of diseases, including heart disease, respiratory disease and a number of cancers.
“A priority for us is to draw attention to the support that is available from HLS Glos to help smokers to manage their habit or to quit. Patients at both hospitals can be referred to HLS for support, and can also be prescribed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help them manage their cravings during their hospital stay.”
Stuart Jackson, chief executive at ICE Creates who run the Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyle Service, said: “Our healthy lifestyles coaches have supported many people on their stop smoking journeys for many years. We never judge but instead advise, empower and motivate people through goal setting and peer support, giving them the confidence they need to quit for good.
“We’re looking forward to speaking to people about how we can help them on their way to stopping smoking.”
You can also get more information on the support available from Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles Service by calling 0800 122 3788 or visiting the website at www.hlsglos.org.