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Residents helped to ‘kick the habit’

As thousands of people across the UK try to ditch the cigarettes today for National No Smoking Day (Wednesday 12 March), Waltham Forest Council has been helping residents gear up for the big event.

The Council has been working closely with its health partners to promote No Smoking Day, and today its Stop Smoking Service, “Smokefree Waltham Forest”, will run an information event at Walthamstow Job Centre from 2-5pm. Staff will also be on hand to offer information and advice on Walthamstow High Street, at the bus terminal and at the tube station.

At the end of February, the Council joined forces with Public Health England and Barts Health NHS Trust to hold a special seminar to give people the facts on smoking and health, e-cigarettes, how to support people in their own communities who want to stop and how to help young people to not start at all.

Cllr Ahsan Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It was very rewarding to see so many of our community members attend this event, including young advisors, community organisations such as the Health Risk Prevention Project (HRPP), and local pharmacists.

“It was also good to hear positive feedback from our attendees, who said that it was really informative, and beneficial, and that it was great to hear from experts and professionals.

“It’s a part of all the work the Council does to improve our borough’s health and wellbeing.”

Cllr Khan added: “Public Health England started in January a hard-hitting campaign on the damage smoking does, and our event ties in with this as well as our efforts on National No Smoking Day.

“Last year we set up stands with information on quitting in public places, to make it easy for our residents to get the information they need, and we plan to follow it up with more positive efforts tomorrow.

“We look forward to speaking to many more residents and visitors about the health benefits of quitting on No Smoking Day.”

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