Smokers in the region who are considering trying to give up are being urged to use the free NHS Borders Quit4Good service.
Quit4Good recognises the difficulties people face when they try to stop smoking and focuses on helping people to choose to give up smoking, and then commit to stopping.
The NHS Borders Stop Smoking service is free and available to anyone living in the Borders area. It’s provided through specialist services in local communities, pharmacy services and some GP practices along with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other medicines.
Dr Eric Baijal, NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council joint director of public health said: “The name Quit4Good reinforces the message that the support being offered will be consistent and ongoing. We know how difficult it can be for people trying to quit. Everyone needs different kinds of support, whether it is using Nicotine Replacement Therapy or other products, having someone to encourage them to keep going, or listening to advice about lifestyle changes.
If you’d like support to stop smoking or information on the NHS Borders Quit4Good service contact 01835 825971 (office hours Monday to Friday, 24 hour answer machine) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For free advice call Smokeline on 0800 848484 or log on to www.canstopsmoking.com