Help to stub out the habit

Smokers who want to quit smoking will now be supported by North Tyneside Council.

The local authority is now responsible for the co-ordination of the Stop Smoking Services in the borough.

The service will still be delivered in GP practices, within pharmacies, out in the community and at drop-in clinics.

Director of public health for North Tyneside, Marietta Evans, said: “The service has a great reputation, with nine out of ten smokers recommending it to others, and the changes will not make any difference to those wanting to quit.”

One person the service has helped is Jonah Morris, from Whitley Bay, who kicked the habit after discovering he was going to become a dad.

Jonah said: “I’d started smoking when I was about 15.

“At the time of deciding to quit, my wife was pregnant, so it was at the suggestion of our health visitor that I make sure this attempt at quitting worked.

“I think having support and knowing the support was there, as well as knowing I had a baby on the way, provided the motivation I needed to make sure I was going to quit.”

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