Want-to-quit smokers offered support at Citizens Advice offices
Citizens Advice Halton and Halton BC’s Health Improvement Team are launching a new partnership to make it easier to help people quit smoking.
Last year Citizens Advice Halton helped over 1,400 with money problems and debt. In many cases, people wanted to quit smoking because of the huge cost of cigarettes and also because they knew it was bad for their health, but the stress of being debt and having money worries made it really difficult. To help people wanting to quit smoking, the Health Improvement Team will now be holding weekly smoking cessation clinics from the Widnes Citizens Advice office.
Jo Jones, Service Manager at Citizens Advice Halton said;
“Living costs are rising and more and more people are getting into debt just to survive. Our clients tell us that the worry and anxiety they feel is really affecting their health and wellbeing and that is why we are delighted to able to offer a smoking cessation service from our offices. This new service will complement other health and well-being support we already offer our clients e.g. social prescribing, advocacy, affordable warmth, home safety.”
“Smoking 10 cigarettes a day will cost you over £1,000 a year, so quitting can make a huge difference to people’s lives. But I would urge anyone with debts or money worries to get in touch. Our team of qualified debt advisers will help you reorganise your finances and draw up an affordable household budget, but we can also help you find other ways to save money, for example our clients save an average of £300 when they switch gas and electricity suppliers.”
The smoking cessation clinic is open to all residents in Halton and you don’t need to be a client of Citizens Advice. For more information, or if you need debt advice, please contact Citizens Advice Halton on 0151 257 2449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org