Group save nearly £20,000 in six months by putting out the cigarettes

Pictured are the group celebrating their six month success

Pictured are the group celebrating their six month success

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An Angus group have been celebrating over the festive period after saving around £20,000 in six months - by giving up smoking.

Members of the stop smoking programme at Springfield Medical Centre in Arbroath have saved the incredible amount after quitting the expensive habit of smoking.

The stop smoking programme provided support and information to help people give up smoking and overall the group saved a total of around £20,000 over a six month period.

The group celebrated their success by holding a Christmas-themed session at Springfield Medical Centre. During the session, they also participated in carbon monoxide testing.

Tayside Smoke Free Services smoking cessation coordinator, Kelly Cruickshanks, said: “Giving up smoking can be challenging but with the right knowledge, tools and motivation, it is a goal that anyone can accomplish.

“As well as making financial savings from stopping smoking, some members of the group were eligible to join quit4u and received up to £150 in vouchers from participating supermarkets.

“The group shared their quit tips and techniques and kept each other motivated throughout.

“There is a real community spirit within groups and I am so proud of their achievements and wish them continued success on their quit journey.

“We are now looking forward to the next group sessions continuing in January throughout Angus.”

Giving up smoking is the single most important lifestyle decision that anyone can make to improve their health immediately.

Anyone who wants to stop smoking can call NHS Tayside Smoke Free Services on 0845 600 9996 to find out about all the ways in which NHS Tayside can help support people to become smoke-free. 
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