Help to kick the habit

Bridlingtons Late Night Pharmacy on the Promenade promotes no smoking ..staff left to right .Elenya Bond,Emily Parker,Laura Burnett. Richard Ponter .121009
Bridlingtons Late Night Pharmacy on the Promenade promotes no smoking ..staff left to right .Elenya Bond,Emily Parker,Laura Burnett. Richard Ponter .121009

SMOKERS in Bridlington are to get help to quit before national No Smoking Day next week.

After research carried out by a health website revealed half of smokers in Yorkshire blamed lack of support and no motivation for failing to quit in the past, Bridlington Late Night Pharmacy in Promenade will be on hand to give out advice to those wanting to stop.

They will be given free health checks and individual quit-plans by the pharmacy to mark No Smoking Day, which takes place on Wednesday.

Pharmacist Emma Hewitt said: “All smokers have to do is walk in off the street without the need for an appointment and we’ll be there to assist them with all the support and encouragement they need to tackle their cravings.

“We know it’s a difficult process – so we’re here to offer ongoing support for as long as people need it.

“They will get a private consultation where we will plan how to tackle their habit realistically.

“We’ll also give lung function, blood pressure and cholesterol checks which can be followed up to help chart improvement over time, and information on the best nicotine replacement therapy to suit their needs.”

The research, carried out by health website www.allabouthealth.org.uk with around 3,000 people, found that that smokers might be feeling guilty about breaking their New Year’s resolution to quit smoking.

“No Smoking Day is a great opportunity to try again,” said Emma, “Quitting is easier said than done with people trying an average of five times before they are successful, the cravings can leave you irritable, depressed and restless – so full support is essential for success.”