Throughout January Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacists are encouraging people to make a Newv Year’s resolution to stop smoking.
It comes as part of Public Health England’s new campaign to raise awareness of the harm smoking does to the whole body.
Smoking remains the biggest cause of premature deaths in the country with almost 80,000 a year affected with one in two long-term smokers dying from a smoking related disease.
Although many know the damage it does to their heart and lungs, smokers are much less likely to be aware of how harmful it is to other parts of the body, including bones, muscles, brain, teeth and eyes.
Research has found that people are four times more likely to stop smoking with support.
Fifteen Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacies across the county have specially trained advisors who work as part of the Phoenix Smoking Cessation Service.
Anyone who wants to stop smoking can just walk in and make an appointment to see them.
The Society’s Phoenix Advisors are fully trained in providing personalised support and motivational counselling.
They can offer people information and advice on a number of nicotine replacement therapies including mouth sprays, patches, mints, nasal spray, micro tabs, chewing gum, inhalators and medicines such as Champix.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Head of Pharmacy Alastair Farquhar said: “At the first appointment our Phoenix Advisor will go through the individual’s medical history, ask them to take a carbon monoxide breath test and then talk through the different options available to find out what will be best.
“Once the patient has decided what to go for, they set a ‘quit date’ to work towards and during the next ten weeks they will meet with their advisor once a week for 15 minutes to monitor how they’re getting on and make any changes.”
A list of Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacies offering stop smoking services can be found at www.lincolnshire.coop/stopsmoking and people can also visit nhs.uk/smokefree to find their nearest NHS Stop Smoking Service.