Derbyshire County Council is launching a new stop smoking campaign on World No Tobacco Day today (Friday May 31st.)
The Stub Out and Save campaign highlights the many reasons that may motivate people to quit for good.
From saving money to breathing more easily to reducing the impacts of passive smoking and having more energy.
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: “We know that smoking poses a serious health risk and can lead to cancer, strokes, heart attacks and other potentially fatal conditions.
“Smoking is also an expensive habit with people spending on average around £250 every month.
“Our new campaign aims to show the benefits of quitting – not just for your health but for your wallet too.”
Evidence shows that although smoking rates have continued to drop nationally, people in routine and manual jobs still tend to have higher than average rates of smoking.
This covers builders, plumbers, lorry drivers, bar staff, waitresses and more and the campaign will be particularly aimed at this audience.
Councillor Hart added: “We’re encouraging people to stub out and see what they can save – whether that’s their money, their health or their quality of life.”
Derbyshire County Council offers a free, 12 week, stop smoking support service – Live Life Better Derbyshire.
It’s open to all Derbyshire residents and offers one-to-one and group support at venues across the county.
The service offers:
• Free NRT including patches, lozenges and gum
• Access to proscription only medications
• One to one support
• Telephone support
• Advice, information and quit tips
To find out more call 0800 085 2299 or visit livelifebetterderbyshire.org.
The Healthy Workplaces Derbyshire team also offers free health and wellbeing support for Derbyshire businesses.