Stop smoking services – have your say

Published Friday, 12th January 2024

Residents of Hartlepool are being offered the opportunity to help shape stop smoking services in the town.

Hartlepool Borough Council wants people to tell it what services should look like and the kind of support they would like to receive.

It has launched a survey on its Your Say, Our Future public consultation and engagement platform and is encouraging people to get involved and have their say.

The survey which ends on 31st January 2024, can be accessed at

Craig Blundred, Hartlepool’s Director of Public Health, said: “It is important that services meet the needs of residents if they are to be effective in helping them to stop smoking.

“For example, we want to know if people would prefer to access support by physically attending a group with other smokers, over the telephone, by using an app on their smartphone or tablet, through a face-to-face appointment with an advisor or in some other way.

“Another key question is where should support be based? Options include the Council’s Community Hubs and Family Hubs, clinics across Hartlepool, sports centres, workplaces, GP surgeries, walk-in centres across Hartlepool and chemists, but people may also have other ideas.

“We also need people to tell us their preferred time for accessing support, be it during the day, on weekends, on an evening or a combination of these options. People will only be able to access support if it is provided at a time that is convenient for them.”

“The information we receive will be crucial in terms of helping us to make some of these key decisions, and that is why I would urge as many people as possible to complete the survey before it closes at the end of the month.”