The ‘Be There Tomorrow’ campaign ‘advan’ set off on a short tour of Somerset towns recently to reach as many smokers as possible.
Cllr. Anna Groskop, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and Cllr. David Fothergill, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport showed their support for the van as it prepared to leave County Hall.
The campaign has revealed that over 90 per cent of people in the South West don’t realise that 1 in 2 smokers will die early from their habit. In fact, 100,000 people in the UK die each year due to smoking, of which 9,000 live in the south west.
The advan was joined outside County Hall by the ‘Wellness on Wheels’ mobile stop smoking clinic and behaviour change specialists to help clients have the highest possible chance of giving up smoking for good.
Somerset residents are able to access free local support to quit which can include free stop smoking medications given at your appointment. You can contact the service by visiting http://www.smokefreelifesomerset.co.uk, calling 01823 765006/0800 2461063 or through our Facebook (Smokefreelife Somerset) and Twitter pages (@Somerset_sfl)’
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Cllr. David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Somerset County Council; Lee Sherlock, Stop Smoking Practitioner, Solutions4Health; Sarah Westlake, GP and Pharmacy Co-ordinator, Solutions4Health; Cllr. Anna Groskop, Cabinet Member with responsibility for health, Somerset County Council and Stewart Brock, Public Health Specialist, Somerset County Council.