Camquit getting out and about this month to help people stop smoking for Stoptober

Kick the habit with Camquit - left to right: Steve Tibbs from Cambridgeshire County Council, Jessica

Kick the habit with Camquit - left to right: Steve Tibbs from Cambridgeshire County Council, Jessica Pearce, personal health trainer from My Time Active and Andy Cornwell from Fenland District Council. - Credit: Archant

Advisors are springing up at various spots in Fenland in a bid to help people quit smoking.

Camquit, Cambridgeshire’s Stop Smoking Service, will be at Chatteris Co-Operative on Thursday and Wisbech Car Boot on Friday.

They are also planning various workplace visits as they seek to promote Stoptober, the national stop smoking campaign, and quit for good.

The mobile service is a pilot initiative - if successful, it will be rolled out across the rest of the county.

About 800 people die each year in Cambridgeshire from smoking related diseases.


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Smoking is particularly prevalent in Fenland (29 per cent), which is considerably more than Cambridgeshire (18 per cent) and England (20 per cent).

More than 2,200 people in Cambridgeshire signed up to the 2013 Stoptober campaign.

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Claire Mead, CAMQUIT co-ordinator from Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We’ve had a great response to the mobile service and we’ve been going to places where people shop or work to make it easier for them to use Camquit services.

“We offer a friendly non-judgmental service which is completely free and we realise quitting smoking is different for everyone.

“In addition to this year’s community visits, CAMQUIT can provide support in a variety of locations, including your GP surgery, your local Pharmacy, your workplace or even over the phone.”

More dates for the Camquit mobile service will be announced. To find out where the Camquit van will be visiting, people using Twitter can follow the hashtag #Camquit.

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.

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