Stop smoking roadshow in Merton

To mark national No Smoking Day on Wednesday 12 March Livewell Sutton and Merton will be setting up a series of outreach stalls across the borough today. 

There will be a stall at Savacentre, Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon Community Centre and team members outside Wimbledon station where visitors will get expert advice on how to quit smoking, the health benefits available from giving up and money they could save.

LiveWell advisors will be on hand to provide general health improvement advice and carry out carbon monoxide tests on smokers.  LiveWell have also partnered with the Community Prevention of Admission Team (CPAT) to offer advice on respiratory conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Merton’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Linda Kirby said: “Over a million people use No Smoking Day as an opportunity to quit. Merton’s LiveWell service helps people who want to give up offering one to one or group support. I encourage residents wanting to quit to visit a stall and speak to an advisor.”

Merton’s director of public health, Kay Eilbert said: “We are committed to reducing health inequalities in Merton and as part of this work, we have commissioned an evidence based accessible stop smoking service that has been proven to offer the best way to stop smoking. “

For more information visit LiveWell Sutton and Merton’s website www.live-well.org.uk

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Notes to editors

LiveWell stalls will be at the following locations on Wednesday 12 March:

– Savacentre, Colliers Wood, 11am-3pm

– South Wimbledon Community Centre, 11am-12noon

– Outside Wimbledon station, 4pm-7pm