If your New Year resolution is to quit smoking, free NHS support can improve your chances of becoming a healthier and wealthier ex-smoker.
"Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health in 2011 and there’s a range of free NHS support to help you," said Peter Aston who manages NHS stop smoking services across East Sussex.
"Nicotine is a powerful and addictive drug which means quitting smoking isn’t easy, but you’re around four times more likely to stop smoking successfully with our specialist help - and it’s well worth the effort.
"As well as reducing the risk of developing serious illness and improving your health generally, quitting also protects your family from second-hand smoke and saves you money - remember cigarettes can cost a 20-a-day smoker around £2,000 per year."
Across the county, NHS services have helped thousands of people to give up smoking.
Free, stop smoking services in East Sussex include:
Stop smoking clinics and groups offering support during the day and evening
Online therapy session for both individuals and groups
One-to-one support to help smokers stick to their quit goal
Stop smoking courses for local businesses
Specialist advice in GP surgeries and pharmacies
Anyone who would like NHS support to help them quit smoking and look forward to a healthier 2011 should call the East Sussex Stop Smoking Service on tel 0800 917 8896 or visit www.stopsmokingineastsussex.co.uk
Top tips to help people keep their New Year resolution and quit smoking can be seen on the ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) website, www.ash.org.uk
Lots of information and advice is also available on the NHS Choices website –www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking