SMOKEFREE SUMMER

24th May 2016

We’re delighted to be supporting the 2016 ‘Smokefree Summer’ campaign in both Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The campaign is designed to focus on encouraging adults not to light up in front of children.

A wide range of partners are working together across the city and county to create smokefree zones at summer events, especially where children and young people are present.

With the summer months encouraging more people enjoy the improved weather and various outdoor, it offers a great opportunity to promote the smokefree message.

The campaign has a number of objectives.

  • Provide positive smokefree role models for children and young people.
  • Reduce children’s exposure to smoking, so it's not seen as a 'normal' activity.
  • Increase the number of designated outdoor smokefree areas across Nottinghamshire to de-normalise smoking for adults
  • Reduce the environmental and financial impact of littering of cigarette butts and packets. To empower parents and carers to speak up and be more vocal about not wanting their children to be around smoking

Last year, the ‘beach’ created in Nottingham market square was smokefree, as are many children’s play areas. The local authority had great public support for the campaign last year and are planning even more family events for this year’s campaign.

Look out for the Smokefree Summer logo at events you attend in Nottinghamshire this summer!

BBC TV CREW WOWED BY WELLNESS VAN

23rd May 2016

When Smokefreelife Nottinghamshire’s new ‘wellness-on-wheels’ mobile clinic started venturing out into the community, BBC TV East Midlands were intrigued to find out more!

They interviewed Solutions 4 Health (S4H) staff in Mansfield Market Place, as well as local smokers who have recently signed up to quit since the service began on 1st April – and the end result was a very positive and powerful broadcast that featured on both the lunchtime and evening news slots, plus BBC Radio Nottingham.

The mobile clinic is an exciting and innovative way to deliver free stop smoking support, because it operates purely on a drop in basis (no appointment necessary), so anyone wanting to quit smoking can jump on board at a time and location suitable to them and receive weekly specialist advice from friendly and experienced advisors.

S4H Regional Coordinator Samantha Thompson, who featured in the broadcast, says: “The advisors walk you through the quit process including the wide range of nicotine replacement products (such as patches, mouth sprays, inhalers) which are available – and what’s even better is the products are provided there and then, with no charge, so there is no need to visit a pharmacy with a prescription. It is all about making the stop smoking journey as easy as possible.

“Not everyone has the time to book and commit to a regular appointment with the service, whether it’s at a local GP surgery, pharmacy or another community based clinic, so wellness on wheels brings the service to them - allowing them to access the same support and advice. It can also make the service accessible to those ‘hardly reached’ areas and groups like pregnant women, low income families, routine and manual workers and the BME population.”

Current sessions are in Mansfield every Friday, plus Sutton in Ashfield market on Mondays, while weekly sessions are about to begin at Worksop market on Saturday and Newark market on Wednesdays.

There are also plans to introduce another van and rollout in the south of Nottinghamshire in the autumn as part of the big ‘Stoptober’ campaign.

Check out the website www.smokefreelifenottinghamshire.co.uk for the latest clinics info, or text QUIT to 66777 or e-mail info@smokefreelifenottinghamshire.co.uk.

 
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