The Quit Squad provide friendly advice and support for people who are thinking about stopping smoking. They have a range of one to one sessions and drop in sessions at a variety of locations so people can access the services at a time convenient for them.
Kerry Bishop, 43 from Accrington, had been a smoker for 30 years and contacted the service to get help to kick the habit once and for all. Kerry explains:
“I had already started to make-over my lifestyle to a healthier way of living, I’d given up drinking alcohol and had lost around 4 stone. Once I started to feel better in myself I became more interested in fitness and maintaining my new healthier lifestyle. I started to cut down on smoking cigarettes and used an e-cigarette for around 8 months however I found I was using that more than when I smoked tobacco. It was at this point I decided I needed some support to fully stop smoking and get off the e-cigarettes and tobacco.
“I contacted the Quit Squad who were really friendly and made me feel at ease from the very beginning. With my advisors help, I started using nicotine patches and mouth spray to help curb my nicotine cravings and help me finally stop altogether. Since I’ve finally stopped smoking, both tobacco and e-cigarettes, I’ve found my cholesterol has lowered and I’ve also carried on with my weight loss which I am really pleased with and generally I feel a lot happier and healthier than I have done in many years.
“I would definitely encourage anyone who is considering stopping smoking to get in touch with the Quit Squad and give it a go! The team are very supportive and helpful and are always there when you need them. I couldn’t have done it without their help!”
Julie Trezise, Quit Squad Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are really pleased to be able to help people like Kerry to help them achieve their health goals. Choosing to stop smoking is one of the best decisions people can make, not only for their own health but to protect those around them from the risks of secondhand smoke. Quitting for good can also provide financial benefits, some people saving on average around £2000 a year! People are also four times more likely to stop smoking with the help of their local NHS stop smoking service than will power alone, so if you’re thinking of stopping, get in touch and make the first steps to a healthy, smokefree future.”
The Quit Squad can be contacted to Freephone 0800 328 6297 or 01254 283370 or you can complete the online self-referral form on their website at www.quitsquad.nhs.uk.