No Smoking Day - Leap of faith to help smokers

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An NHS stop smoking adviser with the Wakefield stop smoking service has taken the leap from 15,000FT this March to mark No Smoking Day 2012.

Stop smoking advisor Katie Barnett leaped from an aircraft on Saturday for a skydive to promote No Smoking Day, which is today.

Stop smoking advisor Katie Barnett is doing a skydive to raise awarenes of Stop Smoking Day on March 14 and to encourage more people to quit.

Stop smoking advisor Katie Barnett is doing a skydive to raise awarenes of Stop Smoking Day on March 14 and to encourage more people to quit.

The jump, which also raised cash for the British Heart Foundation, saw Miss Barnett free fall at 120 mph for a round a minute before gliding to earth at Hibaldstow airfield, in North Lincolnshire.

She said: “I have never done anything like this before. I wasn’t nervous. It was more the height than anything. You free fall for about a minute, which takes your breath, then after that you are on the parachute for about five minutes.”

Miss Barnett and colleagues will be about and about promoting No Smoking day today in Wakefield and Pontefract.

Miss Barnett added: “We will be directing people to the help they need to give up, although we don’t expect people to give up smoking straight away.”

A Quit Shop is held at 21 Northgate, Wakefield, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30am-4pm and on Wednesdays from 7.30am-7pm.

To find out more about the service, call 01977 465449.