TO MARK National No Smoking Day (Wednesday 8th March), smokers in Reading are being encouraged and supported to not give up on giving up.
As many as seven out of every 10 smokers have said they want to quit* – but for some people, quitting can be really hard. Whilst quitting cold turkey works really well for some, going it alone isn’t for everyone.
Nicotine replacement products and therapy are proving to be a popular approach. Many people using them go on to become successful quitters. There are a number of options available that can help people start their journey to quitting by gradually reducing their tobacco use. Finding the right one can make all the difference.
On Sunday 5th March, smokers in Reading are invited to come along to the Smokefreelife Berkshire stall in Broad Street, between 10am and 4pm, to chat with advisors who offer free support on quitting.
The team can provide free personalised advice for people wanting to know more about nicotine replacement therapy. The award winning service provides 12 weeks support, 1:1 motivational and group work support with a professionally qualified smoking cessation advisor, and free nicotine replacement therapy.
The Council commissioned service is available in local shops and venues across town, including Broad Street Mall, many Reading GP surgeries and pharmacies.
Between April 2016 and January 2017, Smokefreelife Berkshire has helped 600 quitters in Reading. To find out more, call 0800 622 6360, text QUIT to 66777 or visit www.smokefreelifeberkshire.co.uk
After 50 years of smoking, Reading resident Carol approached Smokefreelife Berkshire for help, after being diagnosed with COPD. She says: “I had encouragement and support all the way through. My chest was 50% better after about 4 weeks and is improving weekly. I feel like I actually have my life back. This is my last week and I can feel proud when I say it is never too late and I have done it!”
Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Reading’s Lead Member for Health, said: “No Smoking Day reminds us it is never too late to quit. It’s not about us telling people to quit, but helping people who want to quit. Quitting isn’t easy but the support is there for you if you need it.
“Not only could you feel numerous health benefits from quitting, such as improving your fitness levels and the appearance of your skin, you’ll also protect those around you by not exposing them to second hand smoke. Smoking is an expensive habit – so you could also find yourself considerably better off financially. The message is, seek help today and be proud to be a quitter!”
E-cigarettes are not without risk but the early evidence shows vaping is around 95% safer than smoking. For more information about e-cigarettes please see www.nhs.uk/smokefree/help-and-advice/e-cigarettes#43bw2XzlLvUKTujW.99
* Freeth S. Smoking-related behaviour and attitudes, 1997: a report on research using the ONS Omnibus Sur vey produced on behalf of the Department of Health. London: The Stationery Office, 1998.