Claire gave up smoking after 20 years - now others are being urged to quit too

Claire Gibson, centre, with members of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Stop Smoking team.
Claire Gibson, centre, with members of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Stop Smoking team.

A woman who smoked for more than 20 years has thanked a health trust for helping her to quit.

Claire Gibson, from Billingham, went to a drop-in clinic which was run by the stop smoking team at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

I feel so much better. I was meeting with the stop smoking advisors every two weeks who were a huge help. They encouraged me and gave me advice to help me keep going.

Claire Gibson

She was put on a 12-week programme on a medication which helps reduce cravings as well as the effects smokers feel if they do have a smoke.

At the end, a delighted Claire said: “I feel so much better. I was meeting with the stop smoking advisors every two weeks who were a huge help.”

She added: “They encouraged me and gave me advice to help me keep going.”

Alison Johns, the stop smoking specialist advisor, said it was “fantastic when people like Claire successfully quit smoking – it shows other smokers that it really is possible”.