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Stone smokers urged to stub it out

28/04/2016

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging smokers in Stone to ‘stub it out’ with the launch of a smoking cessation clinic on April 29, from 9am – 1pm.

“The Cessation Clinic is an ideal opportunity for the Service to tackle smoking-related fires before they happen, by encouraging smokers to give up."

Community Safety Officer, Victoria Cooper

The Cessation Clinic, which is based at Stone Community Fire Station, will run for 12 weeks and each session will take 45 minutes.

Smokers wanting to kick the habit will be seen six times and also receive telephone support.

A combination of behavioural support and nicotine replacement therapy gives smokers the best chance of quitting.

Community Safety Officer, Victoria Cooper, said: “The Cessation Clinic is an ideal opportunity for the Service to tackle smoking-related fires before they happen, by encouraging smokers to give up.

“We are still attending a high number of smoking related fires across the county and, as recently as last month, a fire started by carelessly discarded smoking materials, sadly, claimed a man’s life.

“The benefits of not smoking begin within hours of quitting and boost not just your health but your wallet too.

“I would urge people who don’t want to give up smoking, not to smoke inside but, if they do, to ensure that cigarettes are completely extinguished and disposed of in a safe manner.”

For more information on how to access the Cessation Clinic, call 01785 898525.
Visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree  for more information about giving up smoking.
To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999.  You can also book online at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp.
For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.

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