Sheffield smokers asked to rate quit services

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Smokers in Sheffield are being asked to give their opinions on stop smoking services in South Yorkshire to help shape the type of support provided in the future.

More than one in five Sheffield residents smoke, with that figure rising to one in three in some part of the city.

While Sheffield Council says that significant progress has been made to help people quit, more needs to be done to reduce the impact that smoking has on health, mortality and morbidity.

A consultation on stop smoking services in South Yorkshire, which started on Monday 17 June and is due to close on Friday 26 July, will help to determine the priorities for future services.

Coun Mary Lea, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Independent Living, said: “We are determined to improve the support that is available across the region to help smokers stop or at least consider stopping smoking.

“We believe that support services need to become more flexible, innovative and accessible so that people have more choice in where, when and how they access a service.

“That’s why we need smokers to tell us what they think about services they’ve received in the past and what they want from stop smoking services in the future. We are also interested in hearing from ex-smokers, as their expertise and experiences can help us to improve the services we provide. The questionnaire will only take a few minutes to complete and responses will be valuable in shaping the future of stop smoking services.”