Is March your time to go smokefree?

Sharon Lifestyle blog image1Whether it’s stepping on the spent stubs that litter roads and pavements, seeing people ‘spark up’ in stair wells and door arches on dinner breaks, or catching an unsuspected whiff of a burning cigarette as its smoke drifts into your path – just going about everyday life, there are lots of signs to show that significant numbers of us are still using tobacco.

… And no wonder, really, as smoking, like any other addiction, can become an incredibly hard habit to break but, don’t worry, help is here – if you’re thinking of quitting, what better time to start to stop, than National No Smoking Day, on the 9th March?

National No-Smoking Day is sponsored by the British Heart Foundation, and you’ll find an abundance of hints and tips, including an interactive forum moderated by ex-smokers, on the No Smoking Day website that, to quote the fantastic campaign motto, will help make you ‘proud to be a quitter’.

Though, keeping with the local focus of previous posts, we just couldn’t miss the opportunity to use March’s blog to promote, and introduce some of you to, the Bury Lifestyle Service; they can help you on your journey to becoming a proud quitter!

Here’s how it works:

Bury’s Stop Smoking support is a free, confidential service, offering information and personalised support to those who are thinking about stopping, or have already decided to stop smoking. Stop smoking clinics, held at various venues throughout Bury, offer flexible evening and weekend options, to work around life’s busy schedules. This is a ‘self-referral service’ so, to translate the healthcare speak, it means that you have to sign up yourself. Though, your GP can also help to refer you.

Appointments include 1 to 1 support, and Bury’s quitters in the making will see their Stop Smoking Advisors and/or Health Trainer every fortnight, over a period of approximately 12 weeks, in which each session will address a wide range of topics and treatment options. For example, confidential conversations around potential use of nicotine patches, prescriptions, planning towards a quit date and motivational support.

As well as helping Bury become smoke free, the Lifestyle Service also offers help locals wanting to improve their lives in a number of ways:

  • Eat healthier and manage weight
  • Improve sleep
  • Drink sensibly
  • Self-manage medical conditions
  • Breast feeding support
  • Improve overall health & Wellbeing

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and make an appointment for support, whether it’s for any of the above issues or maybe something not mentioned that you think we might be able to lend a hand with. Just call our local helpline number on 0161 253 7554, and we’ll be happy to help.

The Lifestyle Service is on Twitter, too. So, if you’re a social media user then please give us a follow.

Thanks for reading, and here’s to becoming a proud quitter!


Sharon Hall
Stop Smoking Advisor
Lifestyle Service