Spring into health

Spkiranring is just around the corner, and with it, hopefully some better weather.  Like me, you might be planning on getting more active and out and about on walks with friends and family, taking in the spring flowers and fresh air.

On the topic of keeping busy and active, March is one of the most popular months for people who smoke to think about quitting, with No Smoking Day falling on the 11th, so walking or joining a gym, or something else like watching a film or listening to music might be some of a handful of useful distractions people may look to, to keep them busy whilst starting to stop.

If you do smoke and want to go smoke free once and for all, I know it must be a daunting prospect and it’s going to be tough, but there is free support available and it could end up being one of the best things you’ve done.

What motivates people to stop smoking will vary from person to person and this will be personal to them, be it health, a lifestyle change, wanting to be fitter or to save money.  For some people it will be more about how smoking affects the people around them, such as their children.  Even if you have smoked for 40 years, giving up increases your chances of living a longer and a healthier life, so my advice is, it’s never too late and if you are ready, give it a go, there is lots of support available.

By using the support that’s right for you, you’ll be boosting your chance of quitting for good.  Linked to No Smoking Day, NHS Smoke Free has produced a One Day Quit Tool which provides practical support to help make No Smoking Day the day you start to stop.  You can sign up here and join the thousands of other people across the country pledging to quit this year.

More locally, Bury Stop Smoking Service provides free NHS support to help people to quit smoking. You are four times more likely to quit using NHS support, so if you feel ready, give the team a call and find out about the options available to you: 0845 223 9001.

If you are aiming to go smoke free this year, good luck.

Thank you for reading this month.

Dr. Kiran Patel, GP and Chair/Clinical Lead for NHS Bury CCG

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