Stop smoking service starts

Scarborough lady Kerryanne Rushton (as Nic O�Tine) being taken to task by local street entertainers Charlie the Stiltwalker and Superman Kevin Hayes on Westborough.
Scarborough lady Kerryanne Rushton (as Nic O�Tine) being taken to task by local street entertainers Charlie the Stiltwalker and Superman Kevin Hayes on Westborough.

A new smoking cessation service from North Yorkshire County Council kicks in from tomorrow – with more free targeted support on offer for those who want to quit.

The new Smokefreelife North Yorkshire service is being funded by North Yorkshire County Council and will be provided by healthcare innovations company Solutions 4 Health (S4H).

Staff from Smokefreelife North Yorkshire have been out and about in Scarborough town centre with the key part of the new service – the ‘wellness on wheels’ mobile unit.

The unit takes support and advice directly into local communities where it is needed.

Smoking cessation advisor Kerryanne Rushton, from Scarborough, dressed to impress as Nic O’Tine while local street entertainer Kevin Hayes flew in as a Superman – to show that local smokers can find the hero inside themselves to stop smoking.

In just a couple of hours nearly 45 people signed up for support to stop smoking.

County Councillor David Chance, executive member for public health, said: “Stopping smoking is the single most important thing that people can do to improve their health and save money.”

Call 0800 2465215 or 01609 663023 or text QUIT to 66777.