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  • Student smokers urged to team up with the Quit Squad

    Henry James

    STUDENTS who smoke are being urged to improve their health and their bank balance by getting specialist help from Lancashire’s Quit Squad to help them kick the habit.

    The Quit Squad, funded by Lancashire County Council and delivered by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, is advising students that not only could they save money by quitting smoking they would also improve their overall health and reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer and stroke.

    Gareth Beck from the Quit Squad said: “New graduates in England face average debt of around £50,000. Rising living costs and tuition fees mean the financial burden on students can be high and smoking can add to these costs.


    “Stopping smoking with help from the Quit Squad could mean students have more money in their pockets.

    “You are four times more likely to give up with expert help than without. With the right support and guidance everything becomes easier.”

    On average, most people who quit save around £250 each month, which is nearly £3,000 a year going up in smoke.

    For more information on how much smokers could save by giving up, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/cost-calculator

    People can access the Quit Squad service in their community by visiting a drop-in clinic (for which no appointments are required) or by attending a one-to-one session. The Quit Squad also offers sessions in the community and workplace.

    For further details, telephone 0800 3286297, visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk, or follow the Quit Squad on Twitter @LancashireCare #QuitSquad.

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