Free help to help people quit smoking

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2022

Chris Speed ​​with Staffordshire County Councilor Paul Northcott

People interested in quitting smoking are reminded that help is at hand through a national campaign.

Stoptober, now in its eleventh year, aims to encourage smokers to make a quit attempt during the month of October.

This year’s theme is ‘You’ve Got This’ and the Staffordshire County Council Public Health Team and Everyone Health Staffordshire are reminding people of the help available.

The service offers free phone support sessions and virtual appointments to anyone aged 40 or over, living in Staffordshire. Advice on managing cravings and access to free medication are included in the support.

With the cost of living rising and people looking for ways to save money, health bosses are also keen to point out that people who smoke 20 cigarettes a day and quit could save up to £5,000 per year.

Cllr Paul Northcott, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Support Member for Public Health, Integrated Care and Safeguarding, said:

“We know quitting smoking isn’t easy, but with the right support and encouragement, it can be done.

“Quitting is when we encourage smokers to join thousands of people in an attempt to quit and try to keep it going for 28 days. We know from research that people who quit within the four week period are five times more likely to quit for good Quitting smoking is not only good for your health and the people around you, but it’s also good for your wallet and could save you thousands of dollars. euros per year.

“The focus of this year’s campaign is ‘You’ve Got This’, so remember, you’re not alone and the service can give you that extra confidence to quit smoking for good.”

With nearly 6 million adults in England still smoking, it remains the leading cause of preventable death, with 64,000 deaths a year.

Last year, Everyone Health Staffordshire helped over 1,200 people try to quit smoking.

Chris Speed, Senior Smoking Cessation Practitioner from Everyone Health Staffordshire said:

“Our service is designed to help people quit smoking for good, not just in the short term.

“We offer free one-on-one phone support and virtual appointments, suitable for everyone aged 40 and over. We can advise you on choosing an appropriate quit smoking medication and how to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. All of the quit smoking medications we provide are also free, so this is a great opportunity to try quitting.

Pete Simmons, 52, has successfully quit smoking with support from Everyone Health Staffordshire.

pete said:

“I was a heavy smoker, smoking 30-40 cigarettes a day for 37 years, but since quitting I have noticed real improvements in my health.

“I no longer cough and I no longer get out of breath walking to the stores. In fact, I did a 7km memory walk with the grandkids a few weeks ago in support of the Alzheimer Society, which I never would have imagined possible until I gave up.

“I’ve also managed to save over £1,200 a month since quitting. It also includes stopping alcohol consumption, which was an added benefit. I have found the support from Everyone Health amazing and it has helped me with strategies to combat my food cravings. Without their support, I probably would have failed.

“If I can do it, so can you. I would definitely recommend the service to others considering quitting.”

People can find out more about support and get in touch on the Everyone Health Staffordshire website.

People under 40 can also access support through the free NHS app. Just search for ‘NHS Quit Smoking’ in the App Store.

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