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More than 3,000 people have successfully stopped smoking with help from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Smokefree Services in the last year. Many have signed up after hearing from friends and family how good the support is.
Each year, the Scottish Government sets the health board a target for the number of people it helps to successfully quit their habit. Over the 12 months up to March, the board’s smokefree services surpassed that target by 42%. It helped 3,084 to quit with 1,884 coming from the most deprived areas in the board.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHSGGC, said: “Stopping smoking is very difficult. Every single person who made the life changing decision to stop deserves real praise for successfully quitting.
“We are committed to providing the very best support to everyone who wants to stop smoking. Every year the government sets us a target for smoking cessation and it’s a real testament to those who gave up, and to our staff who supported them, that we surpassed our target by 40%.
“Our Smokefree Services are here to help people quit the habit and improve their health and bank balances. We offer support to people for as long as they need it. Much of our stop smoking support is through community pharmacies. It is very easy for people to go to a local pharmacy and get quick and effective support to help them quit.
“People who have used our service to stop smoking are recommending us to friends and family which is a great endorsement of what we’re doing. When you look beyond the numbers and percentages you see the human stories involved. Each and every person who stopped smoking has their own personal story and what it means to overcome addiction. While we as a Health Board celebrate our achievement, we maintain our focus on providing high quality services that people want.
“As well as this, the benefits are being felt not only by those who have quit, but clearly also by those who are no longer exposed to their second hand smoke which is especially harmful to babies and children. I’d urge those looking to quit smoking to join today – you don’t need to struggle on your own.”
All NHSGGC Smokefree Services are completely free and offer:
Smokers looking to quit can visit www.nhsggc.org.uk/smokefreeservices and book directly into a local service using our handy postcode search facility; call Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84 for information; walk into any pharmacy for support; or find us on twitter and facebook by searching for ‘smokefree services’.