quit4u to be launched at annual Sea Fest

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NHS TAYSIDE’S smoking cessation quit4u scheme is being launched in Angus at the Arbroath Sea Fest this weekend and Big Cig will be joining NHS staff to encourage people to stub cigarettes out for good.

quit4u which was first launched in Dundee in March, 2009, will offer eligible smokers an incentive of £12.50 supermarket credit per week to spend on groceries at a local supermarket if they kick the habit. Participants must successfully pass a weekly carbon monoxide breath test to be eligible for payment.

Staff from Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP) will be available throughout the two-days of the Arbroath Sea Fest, to sign people up for the scheme and to give general advice about how best to quit smoking.

The quit rate with this scheme after four weeks is almost 50 per cent which is significantly higher than the average for those not on the scheme.

Kenny Grewar, Angus Community Health Partnership, smoking cessation co-ordinator, said: “I am delighted that the scheme is starting in Angus and that people will now have an additional incentive to give up smoking.

“The Sea Fest celebrations are a great way to launch quit4u scheme and I hope that over the weekend people who have been thinking of stopping smoking will come over to our stand to find out more and sign up.

“There is already good evidence that the quit4u scheme has increased the number of people stopping smoking elsewhere in Tayside. Now people in Arbroath can also have that additional incentive to stop.”

Over the coming months Angus CHP plans to roll out the quit4u scheme to Forfar, Brechin and Montrose.

The incentive will be available to smokers from the areas of highest smoking prevalence as defined by postcode. People signing up for quit4u will also have all the usual benefits of support, advice and access to prescribing already available to people attending community stop smoking groups and pharmacies.

Community groups are currently available in Arbroath on Mondays at 10.30 a.m. in the Abbey Health Centre, 4.30 p.m. at Springfield Medical Centre and 7.30 p.m. at Arbroath Community Centre. A new stop smoking group is due to start at Little Cairnie and will run each Thursday morning at 9.30 a.m. All of the community pharmacies in Arbroath will also be delivering the service.

For more information call the NHS Tayside Quitline on 0845 600 999 6 or NHS Tayside Angus Smoke Free Service on 01241 430303 ext 221.