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Refunds available if you quit smoking

Published Tuesday 6 July, 2021
Last updated on Tuesday 6 July, 2021

Smokers in Swale who drop their cigarette butts can get a partial refund of their £150 fine if they successfully complete a stop smoking course.

The scheme is a partnership between Swale Borough Council and Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) to help smokers try to kick the habit.

Swale council spends around £900,000 cleaning the boroughs streets every year, and approximately three quarters of the items collected are smoking related.

Anyone issued a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for dropping smoking related litter can receive a refund of £100 if they successfully complete KCHFT’s free One You Smokefree programme.

The One You Smokefree programme is a six-week course, either in a group or one-to-one with an adviser.  Participants receive a personal quit plan and can get nicotine replacement therapy such as patches or gum on prescription for the duration of the course. There are follow-up tests after six and 12 months to show they’ve remained smoke free.

The One You Smokefree team runs clinics and groups across Kent for anyone who wants to quit smoking. Sixty five per cent of people who use the programme successfully quit smoking, compared to just three per cent who try to quit by going it alone.

For help to go Smokefree contact the One You team on 0300 123 1220, email kcht.hicentraladmin@nhs.net or visit www.kentcht.nhs.uk/oneyou

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