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Butt it out: Smokers encouraged to stop smoking in Jersey

Support will be available from the Health and Community Services department as well at 22 pharmacies around the island. Credit: PA/PA Wire/PA Images

Smokers in Jersey are being encouraged to put out cigarettes for good as part of their New Year's resolutions.

The Help2Quit campaign has been set up to help islanders quit the habit from January.

Support will be available from the Health and Community Services department as well at 22 pharmacies around the island.

147 people signed up to stop smoking at the start of this year with 79 managing to give up.

The woman in charge of the campaign says those who have tried to quit in the past, are welcomed to sign up again.

Stopping smoking can be difficult and whilst many people do quit and stay quit, some people will relapse. We want to encourage people who may have used the service previously, but who have started smoking again, to come back and get support. We also want to encourage anyone else who hasn't used the service to give it a go.

– Dr Rhona Reardon, Help2Quit Lead Nurse

The initiative follows a successful Stoptober this year, which saw 94 people give up smoking during the whole of October. That compares with 73 islanders who took part last year.

Those looking to quit smoking as part of their New Year's Resolutions, can see an adviser before the New Year to help make a plan.

More information can be found on Jersey Government's website or by calling 0800 7351155.