North East kicks the habit

On Monday 16 July, the North East Area Team will be launching their new Smoke Free initiative to help residents to kick the smoking habit.

There is still a high percentage of smokers in the North East and further support is needed for local residents. One of the priorities identified by the North East Area Council is residents’ health and wellbeing. As part of this work, they have commissioned Sarah Sverdloff, a dedicated Stop Smoking specialist to provide targeted help through stop smoking clinics and advice sessions in the community.

This is a free local service for people who live and work in Brierley, Carlton, Cudworth, Great Houghton, Grimethorpe, Lundwood, Monk Bretton, Shafton, Smithies, and Royston.

Sarah Sverdloff, Stop Smoking Advisor, said: “I’m really looking forward to working in the North East area and helping residents to kick the habit for good. By attending one of my weekly sessions, people are able to access a range of advice and stop smoking medications. This means they are four times more likely to quit than by willpower alone.”

Cllr Joe Hayward, the North East Area Council Chair said “The new Stop Smoking project is being sponsored by the North East Area Council. A range of Stop Smoking medications and support and advice will be available to people who live and work in this area who would like to stop smoking. We are very happy to be able to help people to be able to access this service in their local communities.”

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “I would like to congratulate the North East Area Team on the work they have done on this initiative. It is a great scheme to help local people to quit smoking and work towards our priorities to be healthier, happier and active.”

Sessions will take place every week at the following locations:

Monday - Acorn Centre, Grimethorpe Library, 1pm to 4.30pm

Tuesday - Grimethorpe Family Centre, 9am to 12 noon

Tuesday - Royston Library, 1pm to 5pm

Wednesday - Royston Group Practice, 1pm to 4pm

Thursday - Cudworth Centre, 1pm to 5pm

Friday - Lundwood Family Centre, 2pm to 4pm.

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