Smokers looking to kick the habit can sign up to be part of a ground-breaking study, with the Leicester Stop Smoking Service at a series of recruitment days later this month.
Leicester is one of three test centres chosen by Queen Mary University of London to take part in the research, which will measure the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, compared to traditional nicotine replacement treatment, in helping people quit smoking.
It is hoped that the study will not only help those taking part to give up cigarettes, but also gather invaluable information, which could potentially save the lives of thousands of people who smoke and want to quit.
The Service will be at Leicester Market to sign up interested candidates, and to answer any questions from people hoping to get smoke-free, on the following days:
Dates – Wednesday 19th, Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th August
Times – 10:00am until 2:00pm each day
Where – Leicester Market’s Market Square
Former boxer and Stop Smoking ambassador Rendall Munroe will also be in attendance on Wednesday 19th August, offering his support to both the study and the Service.
There will be also loads of stop smoking information available for anyone interested in getting smoke-free and plenty of freebies up for grabs.
Each participant will be signed up to a six-week long support programme with the Stop Smoking Service, which will provide them with the professional support they need to quit for good.
Any smoker over 18-years-old can take part – as long as they do not have a preference about being given an ecig or nicotine replacement therapy, and they are not currently using either. In addition women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding are unable to register as part of the study.
Stop Smoking Service Manager Louise Ross said: “It’s great to be part of a study which will hopefully help all of the participants to become smoke-free and will also help those trying to quit in the future. Smokers are four-times more likely to quit with our support, so I’d encourage anyone who wants to stop smoking to get in touch. We’ve seen how ecigs have helped the people we work with – but there currently isn’t enough evidence to support this. We’re extremely proud to be one of the test centres helping to do more research.”
Leicester’s ‘Boxing Binman’ Rendall Munroe, who is a strong supporter of the Stop Smoking Service, added: “I think it’s fantastic that Leicester has been chosen to be part of this study. The Stop Smoking Service does fantastic work encouraging and helping people quit smoking, and I’ve been amazed to learn about the number of people that have quit using both the Service and e-cigarettes. The simple fact is that this study could provide research that will go on to save people’s lives – so I’d urge anybody eager to give up smoking to consider being part of this study to improve the health of both yourself and others.”
It is also possible to sign up by contacting the Service directly on 0116 454 4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org