New service to help stevenage smokers quit

NHS is giving parents more support to stop smoking.

A NEW service aimed at helping parents to quit smoking has been launched in Stevenage.

Organised by the Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service, between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesdays parents can seek advice about quitting smoking from NHS staff at Bedwell Community Centre on Bedwell Crescent, while their children are in a creche provided.

Rachel Watson, an NHS Hertfordshire pregnancy stop smoking specialist, said: “It’s really important that mums-to-be and parents of young children know that we are here to help them.

“Some people are worried about being judged or thought badly of, but it’s not like that at all.

“We understand how difficult some people find even the thought of giving up smoking, so the last thing we want is for them to feel that we are going to judge them. Actually it is just the opposite, and people are four times more likely to succeed with our support.”

Call the Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service on 0800 389 3 998 to book an appointment, or visit www.smokefreehertfordshire.nhs.uk for more information.

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