Cambridgeshire's Stop Smoking Service, Camquit, is hitting the road to help smokers in Fenland go the extra mile and quit for good.
The launch of the new mobile service, being piloted for the first time, coincides with the national stop-smoking campaign, Stoptober.
Around 800 people die each year in Cambridgeshire from smoking related diseases, with about 80,000 dying annually in the UK. Longer-term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their second hand smoke. Currently, the percentage of people smoking in Fenland is thought to be about 29 per cent, with the Cambridgeshire average around 18 per cent and an average for England estimated at 20 per cent.
Camquit advisors from Cambridgeshire County Council will be out and about in their CAMQUIT mobile van around Fenland during September and October. They will be offering advice, support and information about quitting and how to take part in Stoptober. Locations include:
- Wisbech Car Boot on Friday 26th September, 3 October, 10 October and 17 October
- Wisbech Tesco on the Wednesday 1st October
- Wisbech Layby near Weasenham Lane on Tuesday 14 October
- March Tesco on Thursday 2 October
- Chatteris CO-OP on Thursday 16 October
- Workplace visits across Fenland
More than 2,200 people in Cambridgeshire signed up to the 2013 Stoptober campaign, with 250,000 people across the country taking part and 65 per cent of those successfully quitting for 28 days. The campaign this year, which runs for 28 days from 1 October, has the support of well-known comedians and is encouraging smokers to swap their fags for gags, to help them quit for good this October. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, visit smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober or contact CAMQUIT on 0800 018 4304.
Claire Mead, CAMQUIT co-ordinator at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "You're up to five times more likely to succeed in quitting if you get help. CAMQUIT is a team of professional support advisors who understand that quitting smoking is different for everyone. Willpower alone isn't always enough so ring CAMQUIT your local stop smoking service for support. In addition to this year's community visits, CAMQUIT can provide support in a variety of locations, including your GP surgery, your local Pharmacy, your workplace or even over the phone. Ring 0800 018 4304 or visit http://www.camquit.nhs.uk/ to find out how".
More dates for the Camquit mobile service will be announced. To find out where the Camquit Van will be visiting, people using twitter can follow the hashtag #CamquitVan.