Ban leads to record numbers contacting Westminster PCT's Stop Smoking Service

Record numbers of people have contacted Westminster PCT's Stop Smoking Service since the smoking ban came into force on Sunday 1 July.

Record numbers of people have contacted Westminster PCT’s Stop Smoking Service since the smoking ban came into force on Sunday 1 July.

This week alone (2 to 6 July) more than 460 people have been referred to the service - the highest number of people ever referred in a week and more than the total number of people referred to the service in the whole of July last year.

Mark Mbogo, Westminster PCT’s Stop Smoking Service Manager says:

“Our phone and fax lines have been running hot. The number of people contacting us is extremely encouraging with many saying that they want to use the ban as their motivation to kick the habit.

Local businesses have also been responding positively. In the lead up to July 1 we provided support to staff at more than 25 businesses in Westminster.

This week we began Stop Smoking support for staff at the Mad Bishop and Bear in Paddington – the first pub in Westminster to sign up for workplace sessions. We hope that other pubs and clubs will follow this lead.”
 
Anyone who would like to give up smoking, or any business that would like to hold stop smoking support sessions in their workplace should contact us on Freephone 0800 328 8537 or email stopsmokingclinic@westminster-pct.nhs.uk


For more information please contact Westminster Primary Care Trust’s Communications Department 020 7150 8243

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