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Quitters Access Easier

Published: 23/03/2011

Accessing Quitters gets easier in the City

News Release 28 October 2010

With the recent publication of public health profiles1 by Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) showing a detailed picture of the burden of smoking related disease and costs across England, Southampton’s Quitters service is reminding anyone thinking of stopping smoking that it’s never too late to try.

According to APHO, there were more than 2,000 smoking attributable hospital admissions in Southampton during 2008-9, making the City one of the highest rates in England where the national average is about 1,200 for the same period.

However, the City recorded one of the country’s highest rates of people successfully quitting at four weeks after setting their quit date – many with the help of Southampton Quitters.

Provided by Solent Healthcare, the Southampton Quitters service offers a range of free services to help anyone thinking of quitting and has recently started offering ‘quit for one day’ as well as telephone and email based options.

Alan Elgar, Senior Smoking Cessation Advisor at Solent Healthcare said: “We frequently meet people who have been thinking about stopping smoking but are unsure if they want to stop for good or are worried about committing to a full program.

“‘Quit for one day’ is offering people the chance to give quitting a try but as the name suggests, just for one day. There’s no pressure if you feel it’s not the right time you don’t have to commit to any longer, however if you want to carry on we will support you to go fully smoke free. This is great for those that are ambivalent about stopping or just don’t want to commit any more than one day just now.

“The telephone and email support service is great for anyone with work or other engagements that make it difficult for them to attend any of our scheduled Quitters’ sessions.

Dr Andrew Mortimore, Director of Public Health at NHS Southampton City said; “Smoking is the single largest cause of preventable premature death in Southampton. Roughly 1 in 4 people in Southampton are smokers and so the scale of the public health challenge is clear. However we know that those who get support to quit smoking are four times more likely to succeed than those who go it alone. The figures published today demonstrate that our range of stop smoking services are working and resulting in improved quality of life for those who make the important decision to give up.”

It’s really simple to sign up to Quitters. They can be reached on telephone 023 8051 5221 or by visiting the team’s website at www.southamptonquitters.nhs.uk Alternatively people can ask their GP for advice and support, or visit a community pharmacy that is offering a quitting service.

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Notes for Editors:

1New Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England were published on Wednesday 27 October by the Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO). The APHO profiles bring together, for the first time, a detailed picture of the burden of smoking-related disease, costs and action for every local authority and primary care trust in England. Users have easy, fingertip access to the tool which can be found at: http://www.lho.org.uk/LHO_Topics/Analytic_Tools/Tobaccocontrolprofiles.aspx.

Indicators showing how well local agencies are tackling the problem can be compared across regions, and local areas. The profiles were commissioned by the Department of Health and led by the London Health Observatory (LHO) on behalf of APHO.

Southampton Quitters supports smokers and users of other tobacco products to stop. Support is free to everyone and quit smoking products are available on prescription or directly from one of our specialist advisors.

Solent Healthcare was created on 1 April 2010 through the integration of Southampton Community Healthcare and Portsmouth Community and Mental Health Services

It is hosted by Southampton City Primary Care Trust and provides community health services throughout Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire

For more information please contact Elton Dzikiti, Assistant Communications Manager, Solent Healthcare on 023 8060 8934 elton.dzikiti@solent.nhs.uk

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