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York grandmother urgers others to stop smoking in Stoptober
A GRANDMOTHER from York who said she did not believe she would ever stop smoking has urged others to take part in “Stoptober”.
Margaret Daw, of The Groves, said she tried nearly every nicotine replacement product available and had despaired of ever managing to stop before eventually giving up smoking this year.
Spurred into action after suffering chest infections, she asked for the help of the NHS North Yorkshire stop smoking service and quit five months ago.
Mrs Daw, who is in her early 50s, said: “I had tried everything and anything. Everything that came on the market from patches to lozenges and electric cigarettes.
“I felt I had to do it for my health. I tried unsuccessfully in January, but I don’t think I was in the right mind set.
“I went back to Sarah Smith from the stop smoking team in April and this time it worked. I feel a lot fitter in myself.
“People thinking about stopping for October should do it because you will have a better life really. You have more freedom. Every time you are going out you are leaving your friends to go and have a cigarette and you don’t realise how much you’re doing it.
“I didn’t think I would ever have stopped and I did.”
Mrs Daw, a care assistant, said she was supported by the stop smoking service and stopped with a prescription medicine and her willpower.
Organisers of Stoptober have said smokers could add months or years to their lives if they quit smoking if they take part in the campaign.
Someone who quits for the whole of October and does not start again could gain an extra seven days of life every 28 days for the rest of their life, Public Health England has said. Those who stop for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good, according to figures.
In York, North and East Yorkshire, smokers are being encouraged to sign up for Stoptober and are offered “as little or much support as they want” to stop smoking for this month.
That includes a stop-smoking pack, 28-day calendar, a text service, smartphone app and weekly stop smoking sessions.
The North Yorkshire and York NHS Stop Smoking Service runs stop-smoking sessions throughout the city and is launching a new weekly session at City of York Council’s West Offices, starting today from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
For more information about Stoptober and the North Yorkshire and York NHS Stop Smoking Service, phone 0300 303 1603. If you live in East Yorkshire, phone the Hull and East Riding Stop Smoking Service on 0800 915 59 59.
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