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Stop smoking communications officer rewarded for years of hard work

Jenny Cowell collecting the Communications Award

Jenny Cowell collecting the Communications Award

A Manchester communications officer has won an award for her work encouraging hundreds of smokers to quit with her effective NHS publicity campaigns.

Jenny Cowell received the Communications Award from Smokefree North West at City Inn, Manchester, to mark the 10 Year Anniversary of Stop Smoking Services in the region. Since their launch in 1999, North West Stop Smoking Services have collectively helped 371,693 people quit smoking.

Jenny has worked in NHS communications for 21 years, beginning as a PA and working her way up.  She joined the Manchester Stop Smoking Service in 2007 and the organisation has barely been out of the news since.  Jenny has worked hard to raise the profile of the organisation in both national and regional media and has organised huge events for the Smokefree anniversary, drawing 1,500 people to a recent event at Wythenshawe.  She has also secured the support of high profile celebrities such as Stephanie Wareing of Hollyoaks and Liz Dawn from Coronation Street.

Jenny says, “I am really honoured to receive the award, it is a real surprise.  I’ve never smoked myself, but I really enjoy the challenge of using communications to raise awareness of the benefits of stopping smoking, to encourage people to quit smoking themselves and to protect children and young people from second hand smoke.”

Chair of Smokefree North West Dr Janet Atherton, who presented the award, said: “It is important that we recognise and celebrate today that over the past 10 years more than one third of a million people have been helped to quit smoking by North West Stop Smoking Services.

“Jenny has made a fantastic contribution to help people live longer and healthier lives. She deserves our thanks for that.”

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