Smoke As part of a nationwide government drive to help people stop smoking, smokers in Northfield and surrounding areas can pick up a free Quit Kit from many local chemists.

Smokers are being urged to quit before Valentine’s Day and share a smoke-free kiss with their Valentine!

Carol Carter, manager of the NHS Quit Stop in Northfield, said: “In the West Midlands there are still around 22 per cent of people who smoke and we know that around two thirds would like to stop. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your appearance, health and for your loved one this Valentine’s.”

For the first time, the new improved Quit Kit contains a voucher for a week’s free trial of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) which can double smokers’ chances of quitting smoking successfully. Developed by NHS Smokefree together with experts, smokers and ex-smokers, the Quit Kit also contains practical tools and advice to help smokers quit for good.

The Quit Kit includes:

  • a voucher to request a week’s free trial of NRT patches;
  • information on stop smoking medicine;
  • a ‘tangle’ to keep hands and mind busy;
  • MP3 downloads that have been scientifically proven to reduce the urge to smoke;
  • a wall-planner and stickers to track your quitting journey;
  • a quitting planner which helps smokers assess their habits and offers tips on managing cravings;
  • cards that describe the damage smoking does to your body;
  • a willpower booster that assesses addiction levels and offers top tips to boost willpower;
  • a health and wealth wheel which shows the benefits of quitting on your health and the money you can save;
  • information on other NHS quitting help including local NHS stop smoking services, Smokefree Together programme and online advisers; and
  • order forms for Quit Kits to give to friends who smoke.

Pick up your free Quit Kit at Superdrug or Sainsburys Pharmacy in Northfield or Boots on Alvechurch Road, West Heath.

For more help and advice on stopping smoking:

  • visit your GP or practice nurse
  • drop in to the NHS Quit Stop (within the Visit Northfield Shop 693 Bristol Road South, Northfield, B31 2JT Drop in times: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm.
  • visit the NHS SmokeFree website
  • call the Birmingham Call to Quit  helpline on 0800 0525 855

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