Published Friday 11 November 2016 at 10:25
New stats put Blackburn with Darwen amongst some of the best performing areas in England when it comes to people quitting smoking.
Tobacco control profiles released by Public Health England recently show that, during 2015/16, the rate of people setting a quit date in Blackburn with Darwen was the 11th highest in the country per 100,000 smokers.
Other stats show that, during the same time period, the rate of successful quitters was the 24th highest in the country, per 100,000 smokers, and the rate of successful quitters tested for levels of CO was the 19th highest in the country, per 100,000 smokers.
Blackburn with Darwen’s Stop Smoking Service Service offers a range of personalised support to help people stop smoking for good.
Support includes one-to-one consultations, follow-up appointments, clinic times, quit kits and information and signposting support.
Councillor Mustafa Desai, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said:
I’m delighted to see these stats providing a very positive outlook around the rate of people deciding to quit smoking in Blackburn with Darwen. We want to help as many people quit as possible and our Stop Smoking Service is a great chance to get help to break away from this addiction and start to feel the health and financial benefits of becoming smokefree. We regularly back national initiates like Stoptober and No Smoking Day and have been involved in recent local campaign around smokefree homes, cars and open spaces.