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Launch of Free Drop-in Stop Smoking Support Service 4 October 2007

The Department of Health and Social Security has announced that a free evening Drop-In Clinic to help smokers quit, will be launched in Douglas on Tuesday 16th October.

The service will be available every Tuesday night from 5.30pm-7pm at The Promenade Methodist Church, Loch Promenade, Douglas. It is being launched by the Department of Health and Social Security’s Public Health Directorate as part of the Island’s Quit4You service. The Drop-In stop smoking support service will be run by two experienced Quit4You advisors, Maggie Shutler and Ruth Phillips, and will be a first for Douglas.

Anita Imberger, Tobacco Strategy Coordinator says:

‘The drop-in is designed to be a ‘one-stop-shop’. Anyone who wants help to stop smoking can drop-in for free specialist advice, vouchers for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (if appropriate), and regular support throughout their quit attempt. We’ve had several requests from people wanting to chat to others who are quitting, and these sessions will also offer that opportunity’.

A similar Drop-In is also available in Peel on a Monday night from 5.30pm-6.30pm at the Age Concern (Nu Kiare Thieyn) Day Centre, off Derby Road, opposite the large Shoprite. One regular client from the Peel Drop-In commented:

‘It’s great to know there is someone there to help’.

The Douglas and Peel Drop-Ins are designed to make stop smoking support easily accessible, particularly for full-time workers. Quit4You is now receiving many requests from workplaces to provide assistance to staff trying to quit, and this is expected to increase dramatically before the Island goes Smokefree on 30th March 2008. In addition to the Quit4You Pharmacy service, the Drop-In service will offer more options for workers who are unable to attend appointments between 9am and 5pm.

For more information about the Douglas Drop-In, phone Maggie Shutler on 486800, or for the Peel Drop-In, phone Ruth Phillips on 470275. To find out more about local Quit4You services available, phone Public Health on 642693 for a leaflet, or visit www.Quit4You.gov.im

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