Woman quits after 43 years as smoker, thanks to service

A Berwick woman has successfully quit smoking after 43 years.

Sunday, 30th October 2016, 7:00 am
Liz Hope

Liz Hope quit this year with support from the Northumberland Stop Smoking Service. She attended weekly stop-smoking clinics in Tweedmouth where staff supported her with a personal quit plan, including prescription treatments to help beat cravings.

Liz said: “When I first started smoking at 18, it felt like the grown-up thing to do, there was peer pressure and you could smoke anywhere, even sitting at your desk at work.

“I’ve been smoke-free now for more than a couple of months. I still miss the cigarettes, but I feel much healthier, and wealthier too.”

Liz, who works at Berwick Library, added: “The stop-smoking service was brilliant; they kept me motivated and really helped with the challenge of giving up.

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“It wasn’t easy and you really have to want to do it, but I would recommend contacting the stop-smoking service for advice if you want to become smoke-free.”

The service is provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and clinics are available in a range of venues including GP practices, pharmacies and community centres.

Some out-of-hours clinics are also available for those who find it difficult to attend appointments during the day.

Gillian Emmerson, public health nurse lead in Northumbria Healthcare’s specialist health improvement service, urged people to get in touch to find out more about quitting smoking.

She said: “Liz has done so well and I hope this encourages other smokers to come to the service for support and advice.

“We know you are four times more likely to stop smoking if you get support from an NHS stop smoking advisor.”

For more information, call 01670 813135 or visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/stopsmoking