Time right to pack in smoking

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HARTLEPOOL smokers are being urged to consider quitting in the new year to improve their health and have more money in their pocket.

December is a time when many smokers are starting to think about a healthier new year. Experts at NHS Stop Smoking Services say now is a great time to get prepared.

Ailsa Rutter, director of FRESH, said: “I would urge anyone who is thinking about quitting smoking to have a go in 2013 – it’s easier than you think it will be, it’ll improve your health and will help to you save money.”

The party season can be a challenging time for those who have already quit smoking and are having their first smoke-free Christmas. However, NHS advisers have some top tips to help people stay quit.

Pat Marshall, Service Manager at Stockton and Hartlepool Stop Smoking Service run by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “If you’re worried about how to quit this party season, it’s a good idea to be prepared and have a plan in place to deal with potentially tricky situations – for example, if you’re out with friends at a party you may feel tempted, so if you are using a nicotine replacement product, make sure you have it with you.

“And if you are thinking about quitting altogether for the new year, it’s not as hard as you might think. Your best chance of success is to visit your local NHS Stop Smoking Service which is staffed by friendly advisors who will work with you to help you through your quit attempt.

“People who use the services are much more likely to successfully quit, and it’s a great way to improve your chances if you’ve tried before but not succeeded. Most smokers have tried to quit before, but the trick is to keep trying and improve your health in the new year.”