Camquit, Cambridgeshire’s Stop Smoking Service, are now out and about across Fenland with their new mobile service.

The team are reminding smokers it’s not too late to take part in Stoptober, the national stop smoking campaign, and quit for good.

Camquit advisors will be offering advice, support and information about quitting and how people can take part in Stoptober. The mobile service is a pilot initiative and if successful it will be rolled out across the rest of the county Locations include:

*             Wisbech Car Boot on 17 October

*             Wisbech Layby near Weasenham Lane on Tuesday 14 October

*             Chatteris CO-OP on Thursday 16 October

*             Workplace visits across Fenland

Around 800 people die each year in Cambridgeshire from smoking related diseases, with about 80,000 dying annually in the England. 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.

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 from Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We’ve had a great response to the mobile service and we’ve been going to places where people shop or work to make it easier for them to use Camquit services. You’re up to five times more likely to succeed in quitting if you get help. We offer a friendly non-judgmental service which is completely free and we realise quitting smoking is different for everyone. 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 #Camquit.

 

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