Working in a previous role as a Smoking Cessation Advisor has provided me with knowledge and experience to be able to support anyone to make the decision to quit smoking. It’s never too late.
I recall one case of a gentleman referred by his GP to the service for help to stop smoking. He was in his 70s and had smoked since the age of 11. He indignantly told me he didn’t see the need to quit and didn’t want to. Gently and patiently, I worked with this gentleman for several months, won his trust and helped to grow his self-belief that he could do it. With lots of encouragement, he eventually took the step and smoked his last cigarette.
One year later, I received a card informing me it was the 1 year anniversary of him quitting. He was really happy and proud of his wonderful achievement.
There are many reasons people choose to smoke; stress, relaxation, self-medication, celebration and consolation.
Research has shown that if you quit for 28 days, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good.
Download the free NHS Quit Smoking app this Stoptober for daily support, to track your progress and see how much money you’re saving.
Download for Apple – https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-smokefree/id687298065 or Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doh.smokefree&hl=en_GB&gl=US
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