A STOP smoking advice centre in Sheffield is expecting its ‘busiest ever’ time - as thousands of smokers try to stub out the habit this New Year.
The Quit-Stop drop-in service in the city centre, which has been open for a year this month, has already seen a steady stream of smokers coming in for advice about making quitting their New Year’s resolution.
Now advisors are on hand six days a week from tomorrow, to help residents beat their nicotine addictions once and for all.
Maggie Milne, specialist advisor at the centre on Charles Street, said: “Before New Year people were already getting ready to set quit dates, and we’re expecting January to be very busy as people start their New Year resolutions.
“It is expected to be our busiest ever time.”
Stopping smoking is the number one resolution in Sheffield, according to a survey.
The increasing cost of tobacco, as well as its effect on health, is believed to be one of the major reasons behind that.
A smoker getting through 20 cigarettes a day could save as much as £500 in three months.
Maggie added: “At the moment a packet of fags costs about £7 and, with the economy, people are really starting to feel that pinch.
“Because we can give people vouchers for nicotine patches or gum now, there is also no need to get a doctor’s prescription.”
The Quit-Stop is the flagship of the Sheffield NHS Stop Smoking Service and the number of clients it helps has risen throughout last year to total over 700.
It opens late on Wednesdays and on Saturday mornings to allow more flexibility, as Department of Health research shows smokers are more likely to stop with support.
Advice is free, confidential and includes tips on resisting cravings.
Telephone support is also available by calling 0800 068 4490.
Visit www.sheffieldstopsmoking.org.uk for opening hours and more information.
Top 10 tips for giving up cigarettes
Get support, don’t go it alone
Change your usual routine
Make your home a smoke free zone
Save your cigarette money
Take regular exercise
Take up a hobby
Avoid difficult situations
Remember – you can do it.