Support is available across Somerset to give up smoking, and there’s no better time to make ‘today the day’ with national No Smoking Day this week.
Taking place on Wednesday 13 March, the campaign’s focus is ‘today is the day’, highlighting the variety of reasons and benefits people give up smoking. These include improving lifestyle, saving money and reducing risks of ill health.
It also highlights that will power alone isn’t always enough. Evidence shows that by joining a local support service to help kick the habit, smokers are four times more likely to quit than using will power alone, which research has shown to be the least effective method.
The best chance of success is to use the professional support of a Quit Coach through the Smokefreelife Somerset service, provided by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team.
Councillor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health at Somerset County Council said: “Change can only start with you, and when you make the decision to stop smoking, our local support services are here ready to help. Make today your day to change. Not only will you feel better, improve your health and save money, but you’ll also improve the health of those around you too. Get in touch for help and support by calling our local Somerset team on 01823 356222.”
After getting in touch, Sara from Bridgwater, said: “I found the service easy to get information on and easy to access. Staff were very knowledgeable and supportive throughout the course offering the best option for me. I was very happy with the service delivered and am happy to say I’m still smoke free 6 months on! I have never felt so positive that I can do this for life. Thank you!”
And Leonie, another Somerset resident, added: “I made the decision I wanted to stop, but my will power was zero, so I gave the number on the card a ring. I arrived at a session feeling a tad nervous, but Jennie was wonderful and did not judge. It didn’t take long for myself and the rest of the group to relax and talk about our addiction with smoking. 12 weeks have flown by and I have successfully given up smoking with the support from Jennie and the group.”
For a list of support groups that can help you quit smoking for good, check out http://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/smokefree/support-me/ or call 01823 356222.
If a Quit Club doesn’t appeal, consider using a vaping device (e-cig) or nicotine replacement products, ideally two such as a patch combined with lozenges. The patch provides a baseline of nicotine, and the lozenges help with cravings.
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