Smokers are being urged to take advantage of free services at their GP to help them kick the habit.

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NHS “Smokefree” Stop Smoking services offer free quit kits, text, phone and email support, face-to-face support from specially trained advisors and mobile apps.

Dr Amrit Takhar, clinical lead for coronary heart disease for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Reducing death from coronary heart disease is one of the CCG’s key priorities for this region and the main cause of heart disease is smoking.

“My own experience with patients is that many would like to stop but find it difficult as nicotine is a very addictive substance.

“I strongly encourage patients to get support from the local NHS Stop Smoking service as this increases your chances of quitting successfully fourfold.”

If you are thinking about stopping smoking, then visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree or book an appointment with your GP who can give you the advice and support your need to get started.”

For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree, @nhssmokefree or www.facebook.com/NHSSmokefree

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