Firefighters are teaming up with colleagues from Smokefree West Sussex to offer advice and support to Crawley residents wanting to quit smoking. The team will be in Broadfield Barton and Broadfield Library from 10am-2pm on Wednesday 26 July.
If you’ve ever considered giving up, tried but failed to quit in the past, or are currently struggling to kick the habit please come along. You are four times more likely to quit smoking successfully with advice from a trained stop smoking advisor, and there are over 200 places in West Sussex offering free stop smoking support.
This event is supported by stop smoking advisors from Kamsons Pharmacy and Coachman’s Medical Practice, Crawley Wellbeing will also be in attendance. There will be advice and guidance available no matter what your personal circumstances, as well as the opportunity to join Kamsons’ stop smoking service to help make sure you’re able to quit for good.
Nicki Peddle, WSFRS Intervention & Prevention Manager, said; “The fire service attended 30 house fires last year which were as a direct result of smoking materials. It is our responsibility to keep our residents safe and well but this doesn’t just include responding to incidents. We also want to make sure everyone has access to the information and support they need to stay healthy.
“In Crawley, about a fifth of adults smoke so we are working in collaboration with Smokefree West Sussex to remind everyone that the best way to reduce fire risk from smoking, and to improve your long-term health, is to quit.”
The full list of stop smoking services (which are funded by the public health grant to West Sussex County Council) can be found on the wellbeing website: www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/smokingservices. For more information on fire safety in the home visit: ow.ly/S1V9309Dfz7.
This event is one of a range of public health actions to target smokers in Crawley. The recently published national tobacco control plan, ‘Towards a smokefree generation’, aims to reduce the percentage of adults smoking to 12% or below by the end of 2022.
Smokefree West Sussex is the West Sussex Tobacco Control Alliance managed by the West Sussex Public Health Directorate.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.