Stopping smoking?

Have you made your quit smoking resolution for the New Year?

You know it is never too late to stop smoking.

Many people who have smoked for years think it is too late and “the damage is already done”; but the human body is amazingly resilient.

Within the first 20 minutes of quitting, the healing process begins.

Quiting smoking benefits will continue to improve your health and quality of life for years.

In these days of tight finances you can give yourself a real financial boost too.

Did you know if you smoke twenty cigarettes per day you will be spending over £2555 per year on cigarettes (based on £7 per packet of twenty)? Think what you could do with all of that kind of money.

If, like many others, you’ve tried to quit before at new year but not quite managed to stick to it, have you thought about how you’ll make it work this time?

The good news is help is at hand.

Did you know that you are around four times more likely to stop smoking with the help of an NHS quit smoking programme where you can get help and advice from a friendly, trained quit smoking advisor, referral for medication to help you quit and most importantly the support of others who are quitting too.

There are quit smoking groups throughout Angus, they are free and anyone who wants to quit smoking is welcome to attend.

It is not expected that you will have given up smoking when you come to your first meeting. Weekly meetings last for around an hour.

If you want to register for a group, telephone the Tayside Smoking Helpline on 0845 600 999 6 or just pop along on the day.

Anyone from anywhere in Angus can attend any of these groups. There is no requirement to be a patient of the particular surgery or to be from the town where the group is held.

As well as the Tayside Smokeline number above you can get further information about local groups by phoning the NHS Tayside Smoke Free Services in Angus on 01241 430303.

The Brechin group is as follows:- Brechin Health centre on Tuesdays from January 10, running from 5.45 pm to 6.45 pm.