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Sheffield's first drop in stop smoking shop opens
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NHS Sheffield estimates there are more than 100,000 smokers in the city

Stopping smoking is a popular New Year resolution but like many others, it is frequently broken within the first few days of January.

NHS Sheffield's Stop Smoking Service has opened a shop in the city centre to help those whose resolve might be wavering or anyone thinking about giving up.

The centre on Charles Street gives people the opportunity to drop in at any time with no need for an appointment.

The shop in Sheffield is on similar lines to one already operating in Barnsley.

The Stop Smoking Service, has a target of helping 3,000 people a year to successfully quit.

The Stop Smoking Shop, staffed by specially trained advisors, is open Tuesday to Saturdays.

Claire Holden, Sheffield Stop Smoking Service Manager, said the aim is to be available to people at a time and place that suits them:

"It's about free, convenient access. Our clients tell us they'd like to have some convenient access in the city centre.

"We're going to be opening at least one late evening and one early morning a week. We'll also open on Saturday mornings.

"So it's about being as convenient and accessible to our smokers as possible."

According to NHS Sheffield there are an estimated 105,000 smokers in Sheffield with smoking being the single greatest cause of preventable illness, premature death and health inequalities in the city.

Since the Stop Smoking Service started in the city 11 years ago, it has helped more than 11,000 people quit the habit.

Claire Holden said the key to giving up is breaking habits of behaviour as well as dealing with the nicotine craving:

"That's why we're here to help. We've got trained advisors who know everything there is to know about smoking and how to give up, how to beat those cravings and how to stay quit in the long term.

"It's as much about the behaviour and habits of smoking as it is about the nicotine addiction.

"Our advisors will be able to talk to people about what point in the day they do really want to reach for a cigarette and how to avoid those situations and that behaviour."

The service offers a six or seven week service to its clients and supplements the face to face advice with additional support over the telephone.

The Sheffield Stop Smoking Service also has a helpline that is staffed for 24 hours where you can book an appointment with a stop smoking advisor - 0800 068 4490. Further information is available from Sheffield Stop Smoking




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