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Sunderland welcomes new specialist stop smoking service…

People in Sunderland who want to stop smoking can access a FREE service, ABL Health, will deliver Sunderland’s specialist stop smoking service from 1st April, taking over from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

ABL Health is a company with a passion for improving health and wellbeing in the heart of the communities that need their support the most.

The service, commissioned by Sunderland City Council, will continue to build on the strong partnerships with organisations across the city to support residents to lead healthier, happier lives for longer.


Gerry Taylor, Sunderland Director of Public Health said:

“At least 1 in 2 long term smokers will die from a smoking related condition and the risks go up the longer you wait to quit. But we know that quitting smoking at any age dramatically lowers the risk of all smoking related diseases. It’s never too late to quit and with evidence based support you’re more likely to be successful. We’re looking forward to working with ABL Health to help more people to quit across the city”


With an estimated 36,699 smokers, Sunderland’s smoking rate of 15.2% is higher than the national average of 13%.

Under the new providers, Sunderland stop smoking service will continue to be run by trained professionals who offer personalised support to people who want to quit smoking.


Jill Harland, public health consultant for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust added:

“Stop smoking services can have a significant positive impact on peoples’ lives. It has been great working in partnership with Sunderland City Council to provide the Sunderland Stop Smoking Service over the last four years. We would like to thank everyone we have worked with to establish and provide a tailored and accessible service that has supported those in
need, including throughout a global pandemic.

We wish ABL Health, Sunderland City Council and residents the very best and we look forward to watching and celebrating their continued success in working towards a smoke free Sunderland.”


Smokers who receive specialist support with their quit attempt, are three times more likely to succeed.

Quitting smoking not only improves health but can also save money. The cost of smoking has increased after the Chancellor announced the first raise on tobacco duty since October 2021.

The cost of a packet of 20 cigarettes rose from £12.84 to £14.73 on 15th March this year, making smoking an extremely costly addiction.


To ensure continuity for existing clients, all current clinics will continue, with more evening clinics planned to accommodate those who work office hours in the near future.


If you are a smoker looking to quit and would like support from our award-winning team,
please get in touch using the following options:

• Email: Sunderland.stopsmokingservice@nhs.net
• Phone: 0191 567 1057
• Website: https://www.sunderlandstopsmokingservice.co.uk


If you are a professional who wants to reduce smoking in Sunderland and would like to receive training to support your clients or colleagues, please contact the ABL Health team using the same contact details above.


By providing support, ABL Health aims to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the Sunderland community, one quit attempt at a time.