Sep 12 2014

Want to give up smoking? Here’s how

Published by at 11:36 am under Smoking facts

Stoptober is back this October to encourage the 690,000 smokers in Wales to stop smoking for 28 days.

And if you’re a smoker, but desperate to stop, this could be the perfect time to give it a go.

Research by Public Health Wales has shown that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to quit for good.

And if you know you are doing it with the support of a detailed 28 day-to-day programme and constant help and advice from Stop Smoking Wales, you could quit the habit for good.

The statistics speak for themselves. Smoking is the leading cause of premature death in Wales and one person dies every 90 minutes of a smoking-related disease in Wales.

Smoking kills nearly 6,000 people in Wales every year and one in two long-term smokers will die of a smoking-related disease.

During Stoptober, which will take place from October 1, we will be highlighting some of the local heroes who have made the brave decision to try to stop smoking.

They will be video blogging their experiences on WalesOnline as they learn to live without cigarettes and embark on a healthier lifestyle.

Among them is Andrew Davies, fron Newtown, who is giving up so that he can run around after his 13-month-old daughter Evie.

And there’s Elaine Nelson, 64, from Bridgend, who has been smoking nearly 30 cigarettes a day for 48 years and Natasha Trew-Burns, from Newport, who would like to give up in time for her 30th birthday in December.

She said: “I’ve been smoking since I was about 16 or 17 and I’ve tried loads of times before with patches and tablets and things but I don’t think I was ready then. Now I’m determined to do it and I’m looking forward to the challenge. Putting myself out there publicly will help I hope.”

The Welsh Government has set itself an ambitious target to reduce smoking among adults in Wales to 16% by 2020 (current level: 21%).

And with one in two long-term smokers will die from a smoking related disease – some often as young as 40, it’s vital to help as many people in Wales to stop smoking, so they don’t become the one to leave their family or friends behind.

To take part in Stoptober, to register for a free Don’t Be The One booklet on quitting, or for free advice and support from Stop Smoking Wales, visit www.stopsmokingwales.com or call 0800 085 2219.

By Rachel Mainwaring, Walesonline.co.uk

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