The number of smokers in the Fenland area is estimated to be well above the national average and higher than average for the rest of Cambridgeshire.
Now the county’s Stop Smoking Service, Camquit, is hitting the road to help smokers in Fenland go the extra mile and quit for good.
The launch of the new mobile service, being piloted for the first time, coincides with the national stop-smoking campaign, Stoptober.
It is estimated that around 800 people die each year in Cambridgeshire from smoking related diseases.
Longer-term, those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their second hand smoke. Currently, the percentage of people smoking in Fenland is estimated to be about 29 per cent, with the Cambridgeshire average around 18 per cent and an average for England estimated at 20 per cent.
Camquit advisors from Cambridgeshire County Council will be out and about in a mobile van around Fenland during September and October. They will be offering advice, support and information about quitting and how to take part in Stoptober.
Locations include: Wisbech Car Boot on Fridays, September 26, October 3, 10 and 17; Wisbech Tesco on the Wednesday, October 1; Wisbech Layby near Weasenham Lane on Tuesday, October 14; March Tesco on Thursday, October 2; Chatteris CO-OP on Thursday, October 16; plus visits to work places across Fenland.
More than 2,200 people in Cambridgeshire signed up to the 2013 Stoptober campaign, with 250,000 people across the country taking part and 65 per cent of those successfully quitting for 28 days.
The campaign this year, which runs for 28 days from 1 October, has the support of well-known comedians and is encouraging smokers to swap their fags for gags, to help them quit for good this October. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, visit smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober or contact CAMQUIT on 0800 018 4304.