Cigarette clamp down

PUBLISHED: 16:49 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 12 August 2010

HEALTH workers will be testing smokers carbon monoxide levels in a bid to help them quit.

HEALTH workers will be testing smokers' carbon monoxide levels in a bid to help them quit.

In the run-up to No Smoking Day next Wednesday, Bromley NHS will be at pharmacies throughout the borough from today encouraging people to quit the habit.

About 24 per cent of Bromley residents smoke, which is three per cent above the national average.

Advisors will be based in United Pharmacy, in Croydon Road, Anerley, today and Superdrug, in Beckenham High Street, tomorrow to give residents advice on how to quit.

Smokers can also get advice this Saturday at Boots in Orpington High Street.

Bromley NHS stop-smoking advisor Carol McComb said: "Smokers who are considering stopping sometimes don't seek professional advice as they fear being pressurised to quit on the spot. We never do this.

"Instead, our advisors will work with a smoker to agree on a quit date and then help them to prepare for it, usually over a two-week period.

"If you would like to discuss the best options available for you to quit, come and speak with us and we can offer you a solution that suits your lifestyle.

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