Salford smokers are being offered a free app for six months to help them quit.
The offer comes from Making Smoking History Greater Manchester to help people quit smoking this winter.
The NHS Smoke Free app, offering a variety of services from nicotine substitutes to 24/7 live chat support from expert advisers, has already helped 500,000 people quit.
We know it’s tough, but if you can ride the cravings until they pass then you’ll soon find that they happen less often.
— Making Smoking History Greater Manchester (@HistoryMakersGM) December 2, 2020
A Manchester Health and Care Commissioning report says there are an estimated 91,500 smokers in Manchester, equivalent to 21.7 per cent of the Mancunian population.
The app, which has been used by more than four million people from 190 countries, is hoping to appeal to Greater Manchester residents.
Smoker Jean from Walkden said: “I think you are aware of the health implications, but you tend to put it at the back of your mind.
“Nobody knows how long they’ve got. Don’t spend the last few years you’ve got wired to a hospital bed.”
As Manchester has the highest rates of smoking attributable deaths in England, a number of different charities have teamed up.
Supporting and promoting across Twitter to raise awareness is another quit smoking charity ‘The Cure Project’ also based in Greater Manchester, promoting smoke free homes this holiday season.
DID YOU KNOW: Smoking causes 16 different forms of cancer @GMCEducation @HistoryMakersGM @CureProjectMCR#Stoptober has helped over 1.9 million people quit smoking. Join them this October and quit with free support. Visit https://t.co/RaQEzmWjFT pic.twitter.com/jkkXQmiilu
— The CURE Project (@CureProjectMCR) October 23, 2020
Smokers can sign up at smokefreeapp.com/GM.
Alternatively, more information is available at YouCanGM.org