NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Fresh Air-shire – NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s smoking cessation and support services, turns ten years old this month. The service was set up in 2006 in order to provide the public with a one-stop-shop where they can get specialist advice, support and access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

The ban on smoking in public places legislation was also introduced in the same year. The main aim of this project was to ensure that people would have easy access to support when they decide to stop smoking. Smoking cessation services then got extended in Ayrshire and Arran by bringing a pharmacy based service, provided from local pharmacies. Both these services work together to offer support to help people stop smoking successfully.

Over the past ten years, the pharmacy service and the specialist Fresh Air-shire service have supported 47,868 people in their attempt to stop smoking. Fresh Air-shire has seen 18,530 people during the past ten years.