Smoking truth

15 March 2010, 06:00

Children as young as twelve are smoking in Hampshire.

Heart has got hold of figures from stop smoking advisors, showing 124 under sixteens got help to quit in the last year.

Kimberly from Andover is one of them. She told us she gave up with her mum when her mum became pregnant, "I started smoking when I was about twelve and I've smoked ever since. I wanted to give up for myself because I know it is not good for me."

Listen to the full interview with Kimberly.

Help to quit:

Local NHS Stop Smoking services - You can get free support from the NHS. This is where trained advisors will help you to make a plan to quit and you can meet other people who are giving up. Research shows one in two people who use this service are not smoking four weeks later.

Support at home: This is an NHS programme for people who are too busy to attend sessions. You can get free home support, with text message alerts, a support pack, emails and phone calls from specialist advisors.

Patches and medicines: There is a range of different treatments available that can double your chances of giving up smoking. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (like gum and patches) does not contain chemicals like tar or carbon monoxide found in cigarettes.

NHS Smoking helpline: You can call the NHS Smoking helpline for free on 0800 022 4 332.

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