Evidence shows that people are up to four times more likely to quit successfully with the help of a stop smoking service.
The county council's QuitReady Leicestershire service has already helped nearly 100 people to kick the habit so far this year - and is supporting a further 400 people who want to give up.
QuitReady offers free and confidential text, phone and web chat advice and, for more details, visit www.quitready.co.uk or call 0345 646 66 66.
By contacting us, smokers who want to quit will further increase their chances of stopping. There is a lot of evidence that, within a very short period of time, people quitting smoking start to notice improvements such as improving senses of taste and smell, easier breathing and more energy.Person:Zaheera Chatra, QuitReady manager
The service wants to ensure people have the best possible chance of staying smoke-free and is available on Monday to Friday (9am to 7pm) and on Saturday (10am-2pm).
QuitReady Leicestershire will support people, on a weekly basis during a 12-week programme, via telephone, text message, web chat or email.
QuitReady also acknowledges the significant increase in the use of e-cigarettes, which the service doesn’t provide, but behavioural support is on offer to people who use e-cigarettes.
People can also self-refer using the online contact form found on the website and the service is particularly keen to support women who are pregnant, or people who have other health problems.