SHOPPERS will be offered free NHS expert help to help them quit smoking as they pay for their weekly groceries.
Cwm Taf University Health Board and Public Health Wales will be at Tesco Extra in Upper Boat between 10am and 6pm on Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th and Friday 31st January 2014. Experts will be on hand to offer advice as well as free stop smoking patches and other nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products.
Nicola John, director of public health at Cwm Taf University Health Board, said: “We are keen to put as many smokers as possible in touch with the free, expert local help the NHS offers.
“We hope that Cwm Taf residents who smoke will try to join millions of others making a New Year’s resolution to quit. This will is the best thing they can do for their health and their pockets.
“The events in Tesco Upper Boat shows the NHS, voluntary and retail sectors working together to tackle smoking, and I think it’s a great time to use these services to help more smokers kick the habit”
People who get the right support and NRT (or medicines) are four times more likely to quit smoking.
Visitors to the superstore will be able to get a quick reading of their carbon monoxide levels in their blood and see how much oxygen their body is missing out on.
Mrs John added: “Quit advisors will be available throughout the day to discuss nicotine addiction, offer advice on the best ways to quit smoking and provide details of how your local pharmacist can help - come along and we’ll get you on the right path to quitting.”
ASH Wales will be at the store too with an eight foot Quit for Wales WRU rugby ball. Visitors will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the giant ball and make a pledge to quit at www.quitforwales.org
With the Six Nations tournament starting on Saturday this is a great way to get inspired and healthy by quitting smoking.
Stop Smoking Wales is the NHS Wales Smoking Cessation Service
Half of all smokers die of a smoking related diseases
Smokers could save upto £3000 every year (if quitting a 20 cigarettes/day habit)
Those killed by tobacco between the ages of 35 and 69 lose an average of 20-25 years of non-smoker life expectancy
If quitting - break down your goal into smaller steps and reward yourself when you achieve one of these.
Tell your friends that you are stopping smoking, focus on the benefits – financial and physical – of success and keep a diary of your progress.
Source: Cwm Taf University Health Board