Challenge to quit the killer weed

Stop Smoking Specialist Team Leader Nicola Ball, recent ex-smoker John Halsall and Stop Smoking Advisor Sue Margetts
Stop Smoking Specialist Team Leader Nicola Ball, recent ex-smoker John Halsall and Stop Smoking Advisor Sue Margetts

THE stop smoking service in Wigan is issuing the 28-day challenge for you to quit in October.

The Stoptober campaign is being supported by local ex-smoker John Halsall from Higher Ince who recently quit with help from the Stop Smoking Service.

The 61-year-old decided to kick the habit for good to set a good example to his grandchildren. He said: “Giving up smoking is the best thing I ever did.

“My last cigarette was over seven weeks ago and I can’t believe how good I feel.

“As well as feeling much healthier, I have saved so much money.

“I use patches and a mouthspray. This along with the support from the stop smoking team and my family has really helped.

“My best piece of advice would be don’t start in the first place. But if you have, it’s never too late to quit, so go and see your local stop smoking service and join in events like Stoptober.”

Nicola Ball, Stop Smoking Specialist Team Leader for Bridgewater also agrees.

She said: “Statistics show with local NHS support, you are four times more likely to quit smoking successfully as we can provide assistance tailored to meet each person’s individual needs for as long as is required.

“Next month we will be actively supporting local people to take up the Stoptober 28 day challenge. If you would like to get help to quit you can contact the Stop Smoking Service now on 0500 7867 669 to arrange an appointment with a member of the team or visit www.alwch.nhs.uk/stopsmoking/ for more information.”

The campaign is also being backed by Dr Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health for Ashton, Leigh and Wigan.

She said: “We want to help as many people as possible in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan to become smokefree. There is a wide arrange of support available. For example our local stop smoking services is doing a great job, and last year in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan 3,541 people successfully quit.

“With the extra support Stoptober provides, this is a great opportunity for smokers to notice the benefits and hopefully become ex-smokers for good.”