From Jan 1st 2013 the Help2Quit service will be delivered by community pharmacies. It is hoped that those wanting to quit will find the service more convenient and easier to access, as the service will be extended over the weekend and evenings.
Earlier this year, and following an open tender, a consortium of community pharmacies was successful in winning the contract to provide the service for the next 3 years. The service will continue to be funded by Health and Social Services (HSSD).
Matt Johnson, spokesperson for Jersey community pharmacists said ”The move to a pharmacy-based programme will increase accessibility to the service for Jersey’s smoking population – a service that is proven to greatly increase your chances of quitting smoking and then remaining smoke free. All participating pharmacies hope Jersey’s smoking population will take that first important step to a healthier, smoke-free life.”
The change to the service is consistent with the existing principles that form part of the HSSD future direction, which aims to deliver more services in the community.
Andrew Heaven, Head of Health Improvement in HSSD said: “Help2Quit is an important part of the Island’s Tobacco Control Strategy. By delivering this service via community pharmacies we hope people who smoke will find it easier to use the service and finally kick their habit.”
To make an appointment, service users can choose to visit their local participating pharmacy, contact them directly by phone, or use the existing Help2Quit Freephone number which will remain unchanged.
From Jan 1st, a full list of the participating pharmacies and further information about the Help2Quit service can be found under the Health and Wellbeing section of gov.je.