Two new services in Ipswich to help smokers kick the habit.
Swimmers who enjoy a Saturday morning dip at Crown Pools in Ipswich are being offered a little something for the weekend – free stop smoking support!
A stop smoking adviser is now available at the leisure complex every Saturday between 10am and 12noon to help smokers who want to quit.
It is one of two town centre initiatives just introduced by the Suffolk Stop Smoking Service.
The other involves a stop smoking adviser being on hand at the multi-agency customer services centre in Ipswich Town Hall every Thursday between 12noon and 4pm.
Hilary Andrews, co-ordinator of Suffolk Stop Smoking Service, said the aim of both new services was to make it easier for smokers to access help.
“We already run one or two evening clinics during the week at Ipswich Hospital but we wanted to improve access at weekends and in the town centre,” she said. “The Town Hall service is ideal for smokers who want to use their lunch break to seek help.
“Both involve four or five one-to-one sessions with an adviser over consecutive weeks after a smoker begins their quit attempt, the first lasting about half-an-hour and the remainder 15-20 minutes.
“People who want to take advantage of these new services are asked to make an appointment by phone in advance [see below for contact details] but if our advisers happen to be free they will be glad to see anyone on a drop-in basis.”
Mrs Andrews said Suffolk Stop Smoking Service was encouraging staff at Crown Pools and the Town Hall to make their customers aware that help was at hand for smokers wishing to quit.
Some of the instructors in the fitness suite at Crown Pools have undergone training in helping people to stop smoking.
Both new services involve advisers supporting smokers in a private room away from other people, she added.
The Suffolk Stop Smoking Service is funded by Suffolk Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT. Last year [2005/2006], the service helped a total of 3,740 smokers in the county to quit.
* There are three ways to contact the Suffolk Stop Smoking Service:
Freephone number 0800 085 6037
Text 01473 704314.
Alternatively, visit its website at www.suffolkstopsmokingservice.co.uk