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Thinking of quitting smoking, what’s stopping you?



Smoking kills millions of people every year. People experience many different barriers to prevent them from quitting smoking such as addiction, mental health and stress. But what can you do to help yourself stop smoking?

Smoking is widely known as the most commonly engaged in harmful activity, with 8% of the population (6.1 million) being smokers. It kills thousands and affects millions more per year, with 78,000 people every year in the UK dying from smoking and many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses. Smoking doesn’t only effect the person partaking in the activity but also their parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and children. Knock on effects include people breathing in second-hand smoke rand increasing their likelihood of getting the same diseases as smokers, including lung cancer and heart disease (NHS).

Our friends at Be Smoke Free in Manchester spoke to us recently about how they can help you quit. Be Smoke Free offers a 12 week structured support service for those trying to quit smoking. You will work one on one with a tobacco addiction nurse who will help you along the journey and set up a plan with you that fits your lifestyle. This may involve using smoking aids such as patches and medication. The service is available (and free!) to anyone over the age of 12 who is a Manchester resident or is registered with a Manchester GP.

Katie from the Be Smoke Free team sat down with one of the smoking cessation nurses, Charlotte, to talk about how the service can help. Watch their conversation below for more detail:

Follow the link below to make a referral today. What’s stopping you?

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