Kick Ash opens up new frontline on smoking

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Young people at local schools have joined forces with a Stop Smoking Service urging smokers of all ages to do battle with their habit on No Smoking Day.

As part of the event on 12 March, the young people are calling on smokers to use Camquit, Cambridgeshire’s Stop Smoking Service to quadruple their chances of victory.

The campaign comes at a time when around one in five people in Cambridgeshire are thought to be smokers, with just under 800 deaths in the county being tobacco related.

The young people are volunteers for Kick Ash, an award winning programme developed by Cambridgeshire County Council and the NHS. It has recruited nearly 400 young people as volunteers who lead the programme and aim to prevent smoking in the under 16s. The young people are in charge of the programme letting them drive forward the education activities and the campaign locally. They are now working closely with Camquit as part of Kick Ash setting up stop smoking services for young people.

Stop Smoking Services are recognised as being able to increase the chance of adults quitting four fold. The CAMQUIT Stop Smoking Service, run by Cambridgeshire County Council, offers a range of services throughout the County. Clinics can be found at GP surgeries, village halls and other community locations. The service helps smokers develop a personalised plan and provide a range of medications that can help you to stop smoking.

The CAMQUIT team will be working with partners to run promotional No Smoking Day events throughout Cambridgeshire. These include activities at Addenbrookes, Hinchingbrooke and Fulbourn hospitals. They will also be present in the following town and city centres - St.Ives, Ely, Cambourne, Bar Hill, Wisbech, Whittlesey, Huntingdon and Cambridge. These events will provide smokers with the opportunity to receive information and to sign up to CAMQUIT. Kick Ash students will also be running events in their respective schools.

Murray Reid, Kick Ash Mentor at St Peter’s School, Huntingdon, said: “This year’s No Smoking Day has a ‘V for Victory’ theme. We want all young people to be ‘proud to be smoke free’ and help those who smoke to quit and to mark 12 March 2014 as the day they give up. We work with Camquit and the people there are really friendly and can help anyone wanting to quit.”

Claire Mead, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Camquit Coordinator, added: “If you want to quit smoking, Camquit is here to help you. Our approach is very informal and we tailor the approach to fit your needs. We know that our Service helps to increase the chances of you quitting smoking. No Smoking Day is a great event which unites people wanting to quit across the country. Why not use it as your motivation to quit? We’d love to hear from you, even if you’ve tried to give up in the past.”

There are currently eight secondary schools and their partner primary schools participating in Kick Ash in Cambridgeshire (Ernulf Academy, St Neots, St Peters School, Huntingdon, Sir Harry Smith Community College, Whittlesey, North Cambridge Academy, Cambridge, Swavesey Village College, Bottisham Village College, Ely College, and Cottenham Village College).

For more information on how Camquit can help, call 0800 018 4304

For more information on Kick Ash see www.kickash.org.uk