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ACE wins major new Smoking Cessation contract

The Colchester and Tendring NHS Stop Smoking Service has been awarded the contract to run the service across most of Essex.

The service, run by Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE), has to date assisted more than 27,000 people to stop smoking across north east Essex. Now it will be offering its service to people in south east Essex, south west Essex and west Essex, making it one of the country’s largest smoking cessation services.

Sue White, service co-ordinator, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded the contract by Essex County Council’s Public Health team. Our track record over the years has constantly placed us among the top-performing services in the country so we are relishing the challenge to help even more people.”

Councillor Ann Naylor, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health said: “Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for your family but it can be difficult trying to quit. Specialist services like the ones provided by ACE can support people through those difficult days and can be more effective than willpower alone.”

Sue added: “The important thing about our service is we treat each person as an individual. There’s no one off-the-shelf solution. A trained member of our team will sit down and talk with the person to see what might work best for them.

If you are thinking of swapping your cigarettes for e-cigarettes, you can still get free advice and support from the stop smoking service. 

 “Weekly support is recommended for up to 10 weeks.  Based on your current smoking habits and smoking history your adviser will help you decide which stop smoking medicine will work best for you.  The sessions will help you manage cravings and you’ll get regular carbon monoxide checks to show how much progress you are making.  You’ll also be given useful tips on coping with triggers and support to help you avoid a relapse.”

Further information can be obtained on 0800 022 4524.

Some of the benefits of stopping smoking are:

  • Freedom from addiction to nicotine
  • High levels of carbon monoxide will no longer be in your body
  • Taste and smell improves
  • Breathing becomes easier
  • Energy levels increase
  • Coughs and breathing problems improve
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and other serious diseases
  • More money in your pocket
  • Fresh breath/whiter teeth
  • Clothes/hair will no longer smell of smoke.

 

Top tips to help you quit

  • Plan ahead and pick a day for stopping that is relatively stress-free
  • Think positively and start to turn against your cigarette
  • Take one day at a time and congratulate yourself frequently
  • Use nicotine replacement therapy to reduce your cravings
  • Keep busy, especially during the first week
  • Change your routines to help break old habits
  • Count the money you save and treat yourself to something special.
Don't try 'just one' cigarette - it will take you back to the beginning.