Salford smokers are being urged to keep trying to kick the habit.
Around one in five people in Salford still smoke – the highest rate in Greater Manchester – leading to more deaths and illnesses than other areas in the city region.
Now Salford City Council is backing the new Greater Manchester wide campaign – Never Quit Quitting with the reassurance that few people quit first time and it can take some people up to 30 tries before they kick the habit for good.
“Anyone who lives or works in Salford or is registered with a Salford GP can use our stop smoking service for free and get all the support they need to improve their health and save money.
“They can get one to one support and have free nicotine replacement therapy for up to 12 weeks and statistics show that people who use this kind of support are four times more likely to succeed in giving up smoking than trying to go it alone,” said Deputy City Mayor, Councillor John Merry, lead member for adult services, health and wellbeing.
“Smoking is the world’s leading cause of preventable illness such as cancer, heart attacks and breathing difficulties, and many smokers die earlier than they should. Almost 40,000 people in Salford – 19 per cent of adults – still smoke in Salford although rates have been dropping over the years.
“We’re 100% behind this new campaign to encourage people to keep on trying to quit and will support them all the way to success.”
Anyone who needs help to quit can contact Salford City Council’s health improvement service through the Spirit of Salford Helpline on 0800 952 1000 or ask online or visit Make Smoking History website.
Smokers can also get six months free access to the pro features of the world’s most popular stop smoking app Smoke Free (worth almost £60), when signing up by entering their Greater Manchester postcode.