Service updates

Smoking and Teenagers

Published on 10 July, 2017

CALLING ALL TEENAGE SMOKERS, WE'RE HERE TO HELP! About 90% of all smokers started as teen smokers, and we understand why. The peer pressure and desire to fit in during these tough years can take over, whether you tried it once or multiple times, most teenagers try cigarettes. Although you think ‘one cigarette can’t hurt’, teenagers become addicted faster and on lower levels of nicotine than adults. So, whether you want to smoke to fit in with friends or smoke because you believe it ‘helps with stress’- it is worth being known as ‘a smoker’?

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Smoking and Sight Loss

Published on 10 July, 2017

With Macular Week having just passed, we want to share the impact smoking has on your sight. Do you know about the risks smoking has on your body?

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Support for smokefree places in Yorkshire and the Humber is stronger than ever, ten years after the introduction of the smoking ban. 83% of people in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2017 support smokefree legislation. This is up from 80% in 2007, when smokefree laws came into place across England.

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Stopping Smoking During Ramadan

Published on 26 May, 2017

Will you be observing Ramadan this year? Did you know that smoking during fasting hours is forbidden? Ramadan offers you a great opportunity to make some healthy changes, and this includes stopping smoking. But instead of avoiding cigarettes only through fasting hours why not try to kick the habit for good?

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Do YOU Know Your Smoking Triggers?

Published on 04 May, 2017

Triggers are the specific people, places, emotions, activities, and occasions that make you feel like smoking. It’s important to know your smoking triggers so you’ll be able to anticipate when you may have a craving and learn how to deal with them.

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If I Can Do It Anyone Can!

Published on 04 April, 2017

‘If I can do it, anyone can’ says a Halifax man who hasn’t touched a cigarette in five years after Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale helped him stop.

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There are so many methods when it comes to stopping smoking that all offer the same thing; that you'll quit for good. But with all these promises, you may find that you don’t know where to even start. Sound a little too familiar? Then have a look at our article all about the reasons why services like Yorkshire Smoke free are proven to help you ditch the cigs once and for all to achieve a fresh start.

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SMOKERS IN Yorkshire are being targeted by a new campaign to highlight the effectiveness of local Stop Smoking Services. Cancer Research UK has launched an advertising campaign, aimed at increasing awareness and encouraging people to get help from their local Stop Smoking Service, which give smokers the best chance of giving up for good.

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Although going smoke free may seem impossible, it’s all about mind over matter. Find the strength in yourself, it’s in their somewhere! Our advice is to be as kind as you can to yourself and don’t be too hard on yourself if you hit a bump along the way- it happens! What’s more important, is focusing on how to keep going! With the start of the new month, the team at Yorkshire Smoke-free thought we would share some great quotes to help those considering stopping or are already on their journey to kick-start this month with a positive, can do attitude!

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Tried and tested tips from ex- smokers who have decided to ditch the cigs and start their smoke free journey. These methods are what worked for them and are sure to help you when you consider or start to be smoke free.

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Lucy's Poem

Published on 03 February, 2017

With the help of her quit advisor Lindsey, 65 year-old Lucy was finally able to kick the habit that had controlled her for 41 years. She's wrote an excellent poem about her journey...

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You Can Leave Your PATCH On!

Published on 19 January, 2017

A new initiative from Sheffield City Council to encourage Sheffield people to quit smoking features men who work in manual jobs dancing to ‘You Can Leave Your Patch On’, a cover of Tom Jones’ classic hit and is an ode to The Full Monty.

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Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to stop smoking. Robert doesn’t just want to quit - he NEEDS to quit. After a recent stroke Robert decided to write an open letter to anyone considering smoking. It’s a powerful read that shows the all-to-real dangers of smoking. We wish Robert well on his quit journey and our advisors are continuing to support him every step of the way. Here’s Robert’s story:

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Lisa's Top Tips for a Successful Stoptober

Published on 04 October, 2016

Do you remember our quit blogger Lisa? Lisa is now 4 months smoke-free (huge pat on the back, Lisa) so we thought we would ask her to share her top stop-smoking tips with you to help you through Stoptober. Here's what she had to say...

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Are you ready for Stoptober 2016

Published on 20 September, 2016

As we head towards October it doesn’t just mark the start of autumn…it can also mark the start of a positive change in your life! Our aim is to encourage as many smokers as possible in Yorkshire to join our ever-growing club of Quitters. So get ready to say hello to a healthier you by taking up the Stoptober challenge this year.

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Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale supported and promoted the Breathe 2025 campaign Sunday the 18th of September at Illingworth Sports and Social Club. The event was organised to run alongside the Illingworth and Greetland under 7’s Rugby league fixture.

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - 3 Month Update

Published on 08 September, 2016

Hey! Hello there, remember me? In case you have forgotten, I started my stop smoking journey with you on the 1st June and shared a month long blog, from pity – grumpy – happy – delirious and everything in between.

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 26-29

Published on 01 July, 2016

The final instalment of Lisa's quit blog...

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Meet the Advisor - Amanda Kingsbury

Published on 30 June, 2016

We have a network of stop smoking advisors throughout Yorkshire, who have helped thousands of people to stop smoking. This month we chatted to Andrea, one of our Wakefield advisors. Here's what she had to say about the service...

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 24 and 25

Published on 28 June, 2016

As I ticked off my stop smoking chart for Day 25 it reminds me that by stopping smoking up to this point I've potentially added 10 years to my life expectancy.

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 22

Published on 27 June, 2016

Tripped on past onto Day 22 (well when I say tripped, I mean staggered, dragged, kicking, screaming, laughing, crying) into my continuing longest stop smoking period and I’m still on it!!

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 23

Published on 27 June, 2016

I appreciate I’ve already had a very important celebration this week with passing beyond my 22nd non-smoking day!! Today however is genuinely my real birthday. It just goes to show that at 40 (cough cough) it’s never too late to change habits and the way that we live if we really want to!!

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 20

Published on 23 June, 2016

Hey, I’ve had a day that’s not brought me to my knees! At this rate of eating though, sheer amount of excess weight gain may – I’m already thinking last week’s target to not put on any weight this week may be a tad ambitious and I’m working out which of my clothes have a little bit more give and lycra material than others!

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 21

Published on 23 June, 2016

Happy 21 to me, Happy 21 to me, Happy 21 no smoking days…Happy 21 to me!!

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 17

Published on 21 June, 2016

I'm getting a little nervous… when I did try to stop smoking before I managed up to day 19 and then I didn’t see day 20 without a cigarette.

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 16

Published on 20 June, 2016

This next week is going to be a different for me at work, and I’m spending days out doing some roadshows…so I thought it may be interesting to get someone else to do as quick blog about my journey, rather than me!! Today I would like to introduce Danni, the guest blogger.

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 13

Published on 16 June, 2016

Monday! Honestly this was much better than last Monday – the difference between my routine at home and at work are drastically different to how I feel able to cope with my cravings. I was determined though that I wasn’t going to go back to the horrors of last week with the moods, lack of patience, physical twitchiness and all round weird person behaviour.

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 14

Published on 16 June, 2016

It's a milestone day today. A fortnight, two weeks, 14 days, 336 hours (it feels longer) of my life as a non-smoker!

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 15

Published on 16 June, 2016

My Quit Plan message for today tells me “ Withdrawal of symptoms are coming to an end and your lung capacity and circulation have improved”.

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Days 10 to 12

Published on 13 June, 2016

And there goes another weekend and another successful few ticks on the stop smoking diary!! Are you still with me folks?

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 9

Published on 10 June, 2016

Day 9 of choosing not to smoke! Knowledge of my plight seems to be wide spread at work now, with some people, including Jo, our Chief Exec picking up on my journey on Twitter.

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Days 7 to 9

Published on 09 June, 2016

Clearly Monday was a struggle and Tuesday/Wednesday I have kept myself as utterly busy as possible both at work and at home to take my mind off the ever increasing number of non-smoking hours. For anyone who has joined me on this adventure – we have gone in excess of 100 hours smoke free, well done us!!

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 6

Published on 08 June, 2016

Find out how Lisa got on on day 6 of her quit journey!

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Day 4 and 5… or most popularly known as Saturday and Sunday – the WEEKEND!! I made it!!

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 3

Published on 06 June, 2016

I've been completing one of my favourite tasks this afternoon, filling in papers and writing lists!!

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 2

Published on 03 June, 2016

Day 202… sorry I mean day two! Wow what a rough day. I was so agitated at work today, all day. I did apologise in advance to those around me and to be fair my outbursts of loud and bad language weren't that bad. This is how non–smokers always do it I said to myself, going from one meeting to another, to a piece of work, to another and without a break, without a cigarette. How do you give yourself time, ten minutes to just stop and relax and clam down and think? I feel like I can’t stop and give myself ten minutes without a cigarette?

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 2

Published on 02 June, 2016

I’m back! It was a hard day yesterday – day one. I felt like I couldn’t send an update until I'd truly mastered and past the 24 hour point.

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Lisa Swainston is Stronger Communities Wellbeing Manager at Doncaster Council and has been a smoker for over 20 years.

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Lisa's Stop Smoking Blog - Day 1

Published on 31 May, 2016

Hi I am Lisa and I’m a 40 (something) year old mother, daughter, niece, sister, partner, friend, worker….and smoker. I have been smoking now for over 20 years. Crazy as it may seem to non-smokers, I started smoking in my 20’s to avoid having to answer the office phones whilst everyone else was out having a cig break!!! Most smokers will no doubt understand how that started a twenty year habit – and one that I am now determined to break!

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The 31st May 2016 was not only World No Tobacco Day, it also marked the day that Lisa decided to go smoke-free for good. In her latest blog post she shares her first experiences of the telephone support service she received from Yorkshire Smokefree.

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Ryan Allison and Sarah Williams from Parkwood Academy and Ben Charlesworth, Elijah Buckle and James Finn from Yewlands Academy in Sheffield are celebrating after being revealed as winners of a short film competition themed around the dangers of smoking. As part of the competition, developed by the Youthlight campaigning group, young people across South Yorkshire were challenged to produce a creative 15-second clip to encourage smokers to quit and prevent young people from taking up the habit.

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Stopping Smoking for Ramadan

Published on 23 May, 2016

Will you be observing Ramadan this year? Did you know that smoking during fasting hours is forbidden? Ramadan offers you a great opportunity to make some healthy changes, and this includes stopping smoking.

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Yorkshire Smokefree Kirkless deliver taster sessions in Mindfulness.

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Sheffield Quit Shop Update

Published on 21 April, 2016

Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield is re locating to new premises from 1 July 2016.

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Ask the Advisor - Chris

Published on 20 April, 2016

Meet our advisor, Chris, who has been helping people just like you become smokefree for around 7 months now.

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Fox's Biscuit Health Event

Published on 15 April, 2016

Yorkshire Smokefree Kirklees advisors Stephanie and Farai held a health event at Fox’s Biscuit Factory last week, promoting the service and giving staff a chance to win Huddersfield Town football tickets!

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Ask the Advisor - Lindsey

Published on 13 April, 2016

Meet our advisor, Lindsey and take a look at what her experience is of working at Yorkshire Smokefree.

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Dr Reddy’s Health Event

Published on 04 April, 2016

Stop Smoking advisors were invited to attend Dr Reddy’s Pharmaceutical Company in Huddersfield to offer free health checks and stop smoking advice which included carbon monoxide and COPD tests.

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Proud to be a Quitter!

Published on 03 March, 2016

A Year 11 student at a Sheffield school received support to quit from the Yorkshire Smokefree Service and Zest, Children and Young People Service. Here he shares his quit journey with us.

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No Smoking Day

Published on 02 March, 2016

Make No Smoking Day the day you start to stop!

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Go smoke free! The stress less way

Published on 02 March, 2016

Go smoke free! The stress less way is a FREE 10 week course for people looking to stop smoking.

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Ask the Advisor - Stephanie

Published on 18 February, 2016

Meet our advisor, Stephanie, who has been helping people just like you become smokefree for almost 5 years.

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Client stories

Published on 10 February, 2016

It's fantastic to get such positive feedback from our clients. Take a look at what Paul, Richard and Lindzi had to say about their stop smoking journey.

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Advisor of the month!

Published on 03 February, 2016

Yorkshire Smokefree in Doncaster and Rotherham have just introduced a new advisor of the month award.

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16 Cancer Campaign

Published on 01 February, 2016

The 16 Cancer quit smoking campaign aims to raise awareness of the 16 different types of cancer caused by smoking, encouraging the 848,251 smokers in the Yorkshire and the Humber to quit.

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Mouth Cancer Action Month

Published on 05 November, 2015

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We’re supporting Breathe 2025!

Published on 03 November, 2015

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Join thousands quitting in Yorkshire with Stoptober

Published on 29 September, 2015

Join thousands quitting in Yorkshire with Stoptober

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Huddersfield Town ticket winners

Published on 22 September, 2015

Drumroll please… we have our winners!

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Quitting smoking is a very difficult task, and we know how hard you’ve all been working at becoming smoke-free… So we’ve teamed up with our partners Huddersfield Town and have decided to treat 2 lucky quitters to a pair of tickets to the Huddersfield Town home game against Nottingham Forest on the 24th September!

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Dewsbury Train Station

Published on 15 September, 2015

Check out our set up in the station!

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Today we've been at Sowerby Bridge Market

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We’re at Calderdale Royal Hospital today in Halifax promoting Stoptober and all things smoke-free.

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Calderdale Royal Hospital Antenatal Clinic

Published on 10 September, 2015

Getting ready for Stoptober...

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Hebden Bridge Market

Published on 10 September, 2015

Our stand will be there until 3pm this afternoon!

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Have you heard the latest news? Our Go smoke-free! The stress less way course is back!

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Rotherham Fire Station

Published on 08 September, 2015

There was a fantastic turn-up to the Rotherham Fire Station open day on Saturday - and we were a part of the action!

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2 years smoke-free

Published on 04 September, 2015

Quitter Jennifer popped into our Sheffield shop this week… after quitting smoking 2 years ago!

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Are you wanting to kick the habit for good and finally be able to call yourself a non-smoker? Maybe you need some encouraging support when it comes to cravings, or would like to know a little bit more about your health?

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Sarah’s Story

Published on 10 August, 2015

A huge congratulations to Sarah who is celebrating her 3rd anniversary of being smokefree!

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Barnsley Hospital - Doctor's Training

Published on 30 July, 2015

Our Barnsley team have been doing a fantastic job in developing our service in the community!

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We’ve had a wonderful response today at our latest health promotion - with over 20 referrals to our stop smoking service in Doncaster!

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Toby Tyke visits Greenacre School

Published on 06 July, 2015

On July 1st our Barnsley Smokefree team were happy to have an extra pair of hands to help the team… Toby Tyke! The mascot came down to help us out with an exciting event taking place that afternoon.

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We’re very excited to announce our new partnership with Huddersfield Town Football Club! .

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Greenacre School

Published on 30 June, 2015

Our Barnsley Smokefree team have been working in collaboration with Greenacre School to educate a group of students with learning disabilities on the effects smoking can have on someone’s lifestyle.

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“I am sure that it has worked for me this time due to seeing it in writing online, signing into the online tool several times a day to tick the non-smoker box…”

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Blades fan's win tickets to the game!

Published on 19 March, 2015

Congratulations Elizabeth and David for each winning a pair of tickets to see Sheffield United vs Port Vale and staying smoke free!

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30 years of smoking stubbed out!

Published on 17 March, 2015

After lighting up for 30 years, Melvyn felt it was time for him to squash his habit for good!!

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No smoking day 2015

Published on 12 March, 2015

No smoking day 2015

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Laura Coleman chats with Yorkshire Smokefree

Published on 04 March, 2015

Former Miss England and model of #thedress Laura Coleman discusses the topic of smoking with YSF.

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Yorkshire Smokefree Wakefield team on tour!

Published on 25 February, 2015

We will be popping up at 5 different locations over the next two weeks with our arms full of leaflets and heads full of advice.

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Sisters quit together and feel fantastic!

Published on 16 February, 2015

Sarah and Julie both knew they were at risk to inherit COPD, and decided to quit together to keep their chances as low as possible.

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Calderdale’s Wednesday group at Beechwood this week have not smoked 3570 cigarettes since they have quit.

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Extended hours on the telephone

Published on 02 February, 2015

Yorkshire Smokefree are extending telephone service opening times to be available to take your calls for even longer!

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Helping Sheffield smokers kick the habit

Published on 08 December, 2014

Terry from Highfield was one of the lucky winners of Sheffield Wednesday match tickets, she said “I came to the service with a friend to quit. It helped to come to the quit shop every week as it kept me focused.

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