Ditch your cigarette pack at the Woolpack - free stop smoking sessions at the local pub

Ditch your cigarette pack at the Woolpack – free stop smoking sessions at the local pub

light_DSCF3763Stoptober 2013 is now just a few short weeks away and the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team is here to support local people who are willing to take up the challenge and stamp out the smoking habit for 28 days.

Stoptober is a national campaign that encourages people to sign up and stop smoking during October. This year, the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team is running a free six week stop smoking course throughout the month to give local people the best possible chance of giving up for good.

The free stop smoking course will take place at The Woolpack pub in Burgess Hill and the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team is encouraging people to come along to an introductory session at 6.30pm on Tuesday 24 September to find out more about the help on offer. Then, if smokers like what they hear, they can sign up for five weekly sessions that run throughout October.

Smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in England and each year it accounts for over 80,000 deaths, with one in two long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease. Stoptober is encouraging the nation’s 8 million smokers to give up for 28 days because if people can reach that milestone then they are five times more likely to give up smoking permanently.

Those who stop smoking for 28 days and longer will begin to experience many financial, physical and health benefits. These include a better sense of taste, smell and a reduced risk of lung cancer and heart disease. One man who is keen to experience the benefits of giving up smoking is Lance Nuttall, the partner of the Dee Allen who is landlady of the Woolpack Pub. Lance has offered to host the free stop smoking courses at the pub as a way to help other members of staff and the public kick the habit for good.

“I’ve smoked for on and off for almost thirty years and I’ve tried to quit many times but I’ve never quite managed to give up for good,” said Lance. “For me, smoking is a social habit, something I do with our customers and other members of staff. It’s hard for me because the pub is such a social environment but if we all try to stop smoking together then that social element is in our favour and can help us to quit together instead.

“The long term health benefits of giving up are obviously really important but for me it’s the financial costs that really stick in the throat. I’m not a heavy smoker but 10 cigarettes a day cost me £4, that’s £30 a week and over £120 a month. The cost soon mounts up and if I can give up then the money I will save means I will be able buy myself something special. I’ve always wanted a classic car, something like a Morris Minor convertible or an MG, and if I quit smoking then I’ll finally be able to afford one.

“When I heard about the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team’s plans to hold free stop smoking sessions in October I thought it was a great idea and really wanted to help out. The sessions are run by experts who have already helped hundreds of people to quit and what better place to get people together share advice and support than in a social environment like the local pub!”

For advice on accessing local Stop Smoking Services in Mid Sussex call 01444 477191 or email info@midsussexwellbeing.org.uk.

To find out more, visit the Mid Sussex Wellbeing website at www.midsussexwellbeing.org.uk