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After helping thousands of people successfully stop smoking, Gloucester Quit Stop Shop, in Southgate Street, is relocating to Southgate Moorings near Gloucester Quays until the end of the year.

The shop has been run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust since April 2013, and by its predecessor NHS Gloucestershire since a lease was signed in December 2010.

Gloucestershire County Council, which commissions smoking cessation services, has chosen an alternative provider in a recent tender, who will offer stop smoking support in the county from January 1, 2017.

Jo Glasscock, manager of the current Stop Smoking Service, said; “The Quit Stop Shop has helped more than 5,000 people give up smoking since it opened its doors.

“Quit rates for Cindy and Debbie, our two advisors based there, have been extremely high at 78% - that’s nearly eight out of ten people – and they were nationally recognised for their work earlier this year.

“Having a presence in the heart of the city has been a very positive experience for our team, and I would like to thank everyone – both within the NHS and from other organisations – who has contributed to its success.”

Anyone currently seeing an advisor at the Quit Stop Shop will be offered an appointment at Southgate Moorings, by Gloucester Quays, until the end of the year. Those looking for initial support will still be able to walk in to Southgate Moorings until the end of the year.

Gloucestershire County Council will be announcing the new provider shortly so people will know where to go from January 2017.

Anyone wanting support and advice can call the Stop Smoking Team on 0300 421 0040 or visit www.stopsmokingglos.co.uk