HIGH Peak smokers are being urged to ‘take the leap’ and quit on national No Smoking Day.
Health bosses from NHS Derbyshire County want smokers struggling to give up to take advantage of the theme of this year’s annual focus on quitting to ‘Take the Leap’ and consider the pros and cons of smoking, ahead of No Smoking Day today, (Wednesday).
And they say that more people than ever are using the NHS to quit, with 11 more people in Derbyshire quitting smoking than they would have expected at this time of year, at 2,297 people compared to a projection of 2,286. Between 2007 and 2009, 159 people living in the High Peak died of smoking-related illnesses.
Just over a fifth of adults in Derbyshire smoke.
Statistics show that smokers who seek expert help have a four times greater chance of success than those who don’t.
Help and support is available through local NHS stop smoking services, pharmacies and GPs. Quit kits are available from High Peak pharmacies including Lloyds on Victoria Park Road, Fairfield.
For more information, visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk.