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Free quit smoking kits launched

28th December 2009

The NHS has launched a free quit-smoking kit to help people stick to their New Year resolution to kick the habit.

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The NHS Stop Smoking Quit Kit has calming audio downloads in it along with a stress toy and a tool to help smokers work out how much money they are saving by stopping cigarettes.

A TV campaign is being staged alongside the launch of the kits by the NHS Stop Smoking Services, which say that nicotine gum and patches remain the most popular aids to helping smokers stop.

Some 42% of smokers are planning to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron said: "Stopping smoking is hard - it takes a lot of effort and willpower. At any time around seven out of 10 smokers actually want to quit smoking.

"The government has worked with experts and smokers to create a tailored set of tools to help everyone who wants to quit."

In January 2009, some 770,000 smokers tried to stop. Research suggests 38,500 of them are likely to last at least a year.

But Simon Clark, director of the smokers' lobby group Forest, said the campaign was another example of the nanny state reaching into homes through television advertising.

Amanda Sandford of Action on Smoking and Health said although some people manage to give up without help, the chances of succeeding long term are much greater with professional help.

She said the TV ads will remind parents of the importance of quitting for their sake and the wellbeing of their children.

 

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Tuesday 29th December 2009 @ 11:44

i've checked out this website on the strength of the TV ads i've recently seen. i've quit smoking a few times but staying quit is my problem. i now want to quit, forever!, starting early on in the new year -how do i get a quit kit to kick start me?! i have to use a library computer as i have no home computer so downloading one could be a problem

Tina J

Wednesday 30th December 2009 @ 16:21

Hi Zoe, you can order the quit kit from the following address:-
http://smokefree.nhs.uk/quit-tools/quit-kit/order-quit-kit/
Good Luck,

denise ann walsh

Saturday 2nd January 2010 @ 17:28

i would 2 give up smoking

Anonymous

Wednesday 27th January 2010 @ 18:13

Only available in England - not Scotland!


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