Smokers to be Offered Advice at Leicester Market


The Leicester Stop Smoking Service is to host a local event on Friday 26th September between 9:00am and 4:00pm at Market Square, Leicester Market, showcasing the various ways in which people in Leicester can give up smoking for good.

Stop Smoking advisors will be on hand in the heart of Leicester to offer free help and advice about the service, and methods available to people interested in quitting smoking. The aim of the day is to offer people in Leicester a chance to find out about the service and what it has to offer.

September’s event will be running as part of the Stop Smoking Service’s unique stop-smoking campaign, Balls to Stop, which uses the power of sport supported by some great names to promote the service, and emphasise the benefits of stopping smoking and an all-round healthy lifestyle.

The day of activity will take place ahead of Stoptober; a nationwide campaign that provides a great opportunity for smokers to take on October’s month-long challenge to kick the habit, with statistics showing that if you quit smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stop permanently.

Evidence also shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, they are five-times more likely to stay permanently smoke-free.

Louise Ross, Stop Smoking Service Manager, is looking forward to interacting with people eager to stop smoking and said:

“The Stop Smoking Service provides all smokers wishing to quit help every step of the way, both in terms of advising the best treatment and simply being there to talk through difficult times where cravings hit hard.

“With many people across the county set to take part in Stoptober, our team is looking forward to providing people with the best tools to succeed in going smokefree for the month and, hopefully, beyond.”

Cllr Rory Palmer, Deputy City Mayor and lead member for health and wellbeing said: “Smoking is by far the largest preventable cause of ill-health and early death in Leicester. Leicester City Council, through the Stop Smoking Service, encourages smokers to give up smoking and supports people with detailed and consistent support to help them stop smoking, meaning they could live a longer and healthier life.”

For more information about Balls to Stop and to find out more about the Stop Smoking Service, follow @StopSmokingLeic on Twitter or like Stop Smoking Leic on Facebook or call 0116 454 4000 to speak to an advisor.