New Norfolk Stop Smoking Service

Norfolk County Council has commissioned East Coast Community Healthcare to deliver a new ‘stop smoking’ service across the county.

People wanting to quit will be able to obtain free advice and support through ECCH’s team of specialist advisers as well as in GP surgeries and pharmacies, and via a new mobile phone app and website that will be available shortly.

ECCH will continue to operate the Smokefree Norfolk scheme, part of the national Smokefree public health campaign initiated and supported by Public Health England, which has been in operation in Norfolk for the last 16 years.

ECCH has provided a smoking cessation service in Great Yarmouth since the social enterprise was launched in 2011 and last year helped 1,000 people in that area to quit. The team has also won national awards from the British Heart Foundation for their efforts to encourage people to quit on No Smoking Day for the past two years.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults in Norfolk smoke. Smoking prevalence among the most deprived 20% of the population is roughly 50% higher than in the rest of the population.

ECCH’s Director of Health Improvement and Family Services Julia Whiting said: “We have had great results helping people from in and around Great Yarmouth stop smoking in recent years and we are delighted this has been recognised with the opportunity to share our expertise county-wide, and to be welcoming the experienced staff of the current Norfolk Service into ECCH. The team are passionate about helping people to give up smoking and thereby significantly improve their health, and we are determined to do everything we can to increase the number of people quitting in Norfolk in the next few years.”

Louise Smith Director of Public Health at Norfolk County Council said: “This is a hugely positive move for us. We are delighted that ECCH will now be running the Smokefree Norfolk scheme across the whole county. Smoking still remains an issue amongst our Norfolk residents particularly amongst the more deprived areas. The team at ECCH have a vast amount of experience in helping people give up smoking and we are confident that the results they have had in Great Yarmouth will play out across the whole of the county.”

To contact ECCH’s Stop Smoking Service please email ECCH.stopsmoking@nhs.net  or telephone 0800 0854 113.