By Tristan Harris Saturday 09 March 2013 Updated: 13/03 17:20
A STOP smoking advisor from Longbridge is urging those addicted to the ash to try to kick the habit today (Wednesday), this year’s National No Smoking Day.
Stephen Pugh joined Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust stop smoking service ten years ago after winning his own personal battle to quit tobacco.
“Being an ex-smoker myself, I can understand how people are feeling.
“It’s not just giving advice about the medical side of it – it’s just as much about being a supportive friend.”
Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust’s Stop Smoking Service can offer help to those addicted to tobacco and among the places offering that support are Northfield Health Centre, St Helliers Road, Northfield Town Centre Partnership, Bristol Road South and Cofton Medical Centre.
The theme of this year’s No Smoking Day is ‘Swap fags for swag’, focusing on what smokers can gain when they stop.
To contact the Birmingham stop smoking service, call 0800 052 5855 free or text ‘QUIT’ to 80800.
Those exempt from prescription charges can get treatment for free, otherwise support is available for £7.65, which covers up to eight weeks supply nicotine replacement products.
For more on No Smoking Day, visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk.
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