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Ditch or switch for No Smoking Day

With No Smoking Day tomorrow (March 8) Fresh is urging smokers in the North East to "ditch or switch" to save money and improve health.

 

Fresh is encouraging people to ditch their toxic tobacco or at least make the switch to a safer form of nicotine like an electronic cigarette.

 

Smoking is the major reason for differences in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in England. Cost can be a major factor in the decision to quit smoking, and with budget day also on March 8, quitting could feel like a pay rise.

 

Ailsa Rutter, Director of Fresh, said: "We know people worry about their loved ones smoking – especially children worrying about their mum or dad. No Smoking Day provides an ideal opportunity to take the first step and either quit, or encourage someone to stop.

 

 "Having the support of friends and family can really help spur people on to succeed. It's never too late to quit, even if you have tried before and not succeeded, it makes absolutely no difference to your chances of success next time.

 

"There's also a wide range of free quit coaching on offer at stop smoking services across the region which can help boost people's chances of success. And for anyone not ready to give up for good, a good starting point could be switching to an electronic cigarette, which is a far safer option."

 

Grandmother-of-three Mary Smith, 74, decided to quit smoking to protect her health and stop herself from getting a serious smoking-related illness so she will be around longer for her family.

 

Mary, from Middlesbrough, Teesside, said: "One evening, I had two cigarettes left and I thought: 'that's enough, I'm getting old and I don't want to be ill. I'll smoke these and then get myself to the stop smoking service tomorrow.' I went the next day and that was it.

 

"I like to get out walking up the hills and over the moors. It's great that I can do it without getting out of breath any more.

 

"I'm so proud of myself now for quitting. I can breathe without a wheeze.

 

"I've got two children and three grown-up grandchildren. I know they are proud of me for quitting and I know that now I feel better and fitter for them and for me."

 

By quitting or switching to a quality refillable e-cigarette model, people who smoke 15 cigarettes a day could save around:

 

£47 a week – a trip to the cinema for four.

£205 a month – the cost of a PlayStation4 games console.

£616 over three months – the equivalent of travel and a one-night stay for a family of four to London with a visit to the Harry Potter studio, plus an evening meal out.

£1,233 in six months – a four-night holiday for a family of four to Disneyland Paris next Christmas.

£2,467 in one year – which would cover the cost of a family day trip (2 adults and 2 children) to meet Santa Claus in Lapland.

 

All stop smoking services in the North East are electronic cigarette friendly. To get your quit attempt underway, ask at your GP surgery or pharmacy, or contact your local stop smoking service for help and support:

 

Tees - Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-On-Tees and Hartlepool
01642 383 819

Live Well Gateshead
0800 014 9092

Newcastle Stop Smoking Service
0191 269 1103

Smokefreelife County Durham
0800 772 0565

Darlington
0300 123 1044 (national quitline)

North Tyneside (for details of local sessions)
0191 643 7171

Northumberland Stop Smoking Service
01670 813 135

South Tyneside Change 4 Life
0191 424 7300

Sunderland Live Life Well
0800 107 0741

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