STOP SMOKING - when and where it suits you

Smokers are four times more likely to break their habit with NHS help than by going it alone.

Special information stalls are being manned at locations around NHS Lothian’s acute hospitals, giving details of help available to smokers at a time and place to suit them.

Shoppers at Edinburgh’s Asda at the Jewel and West Lothian’s Almondvale shopping centre will also be urged to heed the kick the habit message, while an information display will also be in place at the Jewel and Esk Valley College campus.

No Smoking Day is Wednesday, 11th of March.

Information on “open access” smoking cessation services is being profiled on NHS Lothian’s website on the "Stop Smoking" pages and in regional press advertising.

Helena Connelly, smoking cessation coordinator, NHS Lothian, said.

“Help is available for people who want to stop in all sorts of ways. We already provide help through GP practices and help is also available from all community pharmacists throughout Lothian. We want to be there to help whenever anyone makes the decision to stop and we appreciate that sometimes people are working and they want help at a time that is convenient for them without having to book ahead. Our open access services help people make the move from planning to stop to stopping.

She added:

“No Smoking Day is the ideal opportunity for people who are considering quitting to kick the habit. You are four times more likely to succeed with support and advice from an NHS stop smoking service.

NHS Lothian has 27 specially-trained smoking cessation advisers.

Every year in Lothian more than 1,500 people die from smoking-related diseases.

For more details on services close to you, please call Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84.