25/11/11: Smoking in cars debate welcomed

Stop4Life has welcomed the debate on banning smoking in cars and is encouraging smokers to quit the habit with their free support.

Stop4Life is an NHS commissioned stop smoking service working in the city to help smokers stop smoking through one to one behavioural support and access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other stop smoking medications.

The British Medical Association has this week called for the extension of the current ban on smoking in public places after reviewing evidence of the dangers. According to the BMA, research has show that second-hand smoke can increase the risk of a range of conditions, including sudden infant death syndrome and asthma, as well as impairing lung function.

Simon Dudman, Director of Health and Lifestyle Services, said: "Whatever the outcome of this national debate, we welcome the awareness that the raises of the dangers of smoking on people's health, and particularly the dangers of second hand smoke on children.

Giving up smoking is one of the most beneficial things you can do to improve your health and wealth. With the support of NHS services like ours, you are four more times likely to succeed in staying smoke free for life, and protecting the lives of those around you."

With a wide range of one-to-one appointments available in community clinics across the city, the team of friendly Stop4Life advisors are on hand to help people wanting to start the journey to a smoke free future.

In Coventry, the NHS estimates around 500 people die every year from smoking related illnesses.

Stop4Life launched earlier this month in Coventry as a new NHS provider of stop smoking services in the city and aims to offer a flexible and non-judgemental service, offered from convienient community locations.

Weekly clinics are based in the city centre; Foleshill; Bell Green; Tile Hill; Willenhall; Walsgrave; Canley and Wood End and other venues are coming soon.