Smokers are urged to sign up, not to light up

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Health campaigners are urging smokers to to enrol on a course to help them kick the habit for good.

Calderdale’s stop smoking service, which offers free support to the public and businesses to go smokefree, is running new sessions at Mixenden Activity Centre, Halifax, starting on September 8.

There will be two courses running each week, one for newcomers at 11am and another for returning quitters at 9.30am.

The team offers free friendly support and nicotine replacement therapy such as nicotine inhalers and patches.

They can also help with access to medication to help smokers who choose to go smokefree.

Specialist stop smoking advisor Jan Spence said: “The body has an amazing ability to heal itself.

“The minute you stop smoking every organ starts repairing damage and the risk of serious illness is reduced, so it’s never too late to stop.

“Research shows people are four times more likely to succeed with professional support than willpower alone,” she added.

“We can provide motivation and help to get someone on the right track to giving up smoking for good.

“Not only is it good for your health but it can also help to save money as the average 20 a day smoker spends £182 per month on cigarettes - that works out at over £2,100 a year.”

The specialist stop smoking team is part of the health improvement service in Calderdale, which is provided by the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

If you live in the district and would like to know more about the free service or to book a place for the sessions at Clough Lane, Mixenden, contact 01422 281505.