NHS attempt to tackle drop in stop smoking service uptake in Leeds

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The number of smokers trying to quit through the Leeds NHS Stop Smoking Service in the south and east of the city is going down, despite hard-hitting campaigns.

The highest proportion of smokers in the city live in south and east Leeds, with more than a quarter of adult residents being classed as smokers, and referrals to the service are higher there than they are anywhere else in Leeds.

In a bid to better support smokers, NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has linked up with Leeds Beckett University’s Centre for Health Promotion Research.

The partnership will see the university consult with both smokers and non-smokers living in the south and east of Leeds to help shape support services and future health campaigns.

Andy Harris, clinical chief officer at the CCG, said: “Smoking is an extremely addictive habit and we know many people in our area are finding it hard to quit. We want to find out; what are the main barriers preventing people in south and east Leeds from quitting and how can we better support them.”

Leeds NHS Stop Smoking Service is a free service open to anyone who would like to stop smoking. Smokers are four times more likely to quit with support from the service than with willpower alone.

South and east Leeds residents can take part in a questionnaire and be in the with chance of winning £50. Visit bit.ly/smoking_survey to take part.