A smoke-free Christmas could be on the cards

Southwick smokers shouldn’t wait until the new year to kick the habit.

NHS West Sussex is about to launch a new drop-in stop smoking clinic in the town, which will run every Thursday, from 4pm to 6.30pm, at the Southwick Community Centre.

Gus Ferguson, the NHS Stop Smoking Service Coordinator for the Adur region, said: “We are really pleased we are now able to offer advice and give support right here in Southwick for everyone in the local area that needs it.”

Similar initiatives had been successful in Worthing and Horsham, he went on.

“We hope as many people as possible come along and find out more about how we can help them. You are more likely to stop smoking if you use the free professional help from the NHS and now is the perfect time to take that step. It is only five weeks until Christmas – think of the money you could save and the huge improvement you could make to your health by starting the new year smokefree.

“We know that stopping smoking isn’t easy, but our support really does help. Our local advisors will provide you with free expert advice, access to medication and support tailored to what you need. There are group sessions, one-to-one support or phone advice.”

Across the county last year, more than 4,000 gave up with the help of the NHS service.

Anna Kirk, tobacco control lead for West Sussex, said: “The fact that thousands of smokers are using our support just shows how many people realise we can help them.”

For more information, call 0300 100 1823 or go to www.westsussex.nhs.uk/services-stop-smoking