Smokers across Cheshire East are being urged to quit the habit on No Smoking Day (Wednesday 9 March), in a nationwide initiative to encourage smokers to give up for good.
The pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic have resulted in a rise in stress and concern about health. And whilst in the past year the chances of smokers successfully quitting have been high, smokers who are experiencing stress and mental distress are likely to be smoking even more.
Currently, over 40,000 adults still smoke in Cheshire East and the council is tackling this issue by providing help through One You Cheshire East, which provides expert support and advice about quitting the deadly habit.
Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your physical health but also is proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing.
“Quitting can improve your mood, and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. It can save you a lot of money as well.
“Giving up smoking completely may take several attempts, and that’s normal, but every time people quit smoking, they’re a step closer to success.”
Helen, a former smoker from Alderley Edge, said: “The benefit of joining the One You programme was the support I received. I simply couldn't have got through it without support and information I got along with the expert knowledge from Karolina my One You health coach.
“I would absolutely recommend this programme to others. The amount of people I've talked to about it is unreal. I couldn’t have done it on my own and there's no two ways about it. The support I received has been phenomenal and I would recommend it to the world.”
In order to speak to someone at One You Cheshire East about quitting smoking, freephone 0808 1643 202, or visit the One You website at: www.oneyoucheshireeast.org
Alternatively, NHS telephone and online support is available and can also be accessed through an NHS app. Visit the NHS website for more information at: www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/