Smokers offered one-to-one help from health trust

PUBLISHED: 14:19 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:06 17 June 2010

PEOPLE in Devon are being helped to stop smoking through confidential, one-to-one clinics run by Devon Primary Care Trust (PCT).

PEOPLE in Devon are being helped to stop smoking through confidential, one-to-one clinics run by Devon Primary Care Trust (PCT).

The clinics, run by specialist stop smoking advisors, are held throughout Devon and are open to everyone.

Greg Price, health improvement specialist for Devon PCT, said: "With the new year upon us there is no better time than now to quit smoking.

"We get good feedback from people attending our clinics. The support is free and we can organise a prescription for nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum.

"Research shows smokers are up to four times more likely to stop smoking successfully if they get support from their local NHS Stop Smoking Service, rather than relying on willpower alone.

"Everyone is feeling the pinch because of the credit crunch and figures show that a 20-a-day smoker could save around £2,000 per year if they quit.

"People who smoke have individual habits and so each client at our stop smoking service gets a tailored approach to maximise the likelihood of success.

"We are able to help people quit smoking through one-to-one clinics or group meetings and can help when other methods have proved unsuccessful.

"So for those who have tried to give up several times and perhaps feel that nothing will work, we may have the solution.

"You don't have to be ready to stop there and then and our stop smoking specialist advisors are on hand to help you find the best method to help you quit."

New research conducted for local NHS Stop Smoking Services shows that although Christmas can be a time of harmony for many families, smoking emerges as a key catalyst for family rows - with two thirds of smokers believing their smoking causes arguments in their relationships.

A further third of smokers admit to concealing their smoking from their partner or family, using tactics such as lying about the amount they smoke or even whether they have smoked at all, through to inventing reasons to get out of the house and have a cigarette.

On a more positive note, 30 per cent of smokers vow to cut down over the festive season as they see the time as a special family occasion, and 36% are planning to stop completely in the New Year.

Dr Gabriel Scally, regional director of public health at NHS South West said: "Christmas and New Year are key times for people to plan to stop smoking.

"There are seven deaths every day in the South West due to smoking related diseases, so it's very encouraging to see so many smokers taking note of the concerns of their family and friends and planning to be smokefree in 2009.

To find out about your local stop smoking service, contact 0845 111 1142 or email

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