66 Day Chal­lenge tack­les smok­ing

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

As part of the 66 Day Chal­lenge, Ar­gyll and Bute Health and Well­be­ing Net­work is host­ing Stop Smok­ing. The event, to be held on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 17 at the Lochgilp­head Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from 10am to 4pm, aims to make smok­ing eas­ier with num­bers.

In just a few days, giv­ing up smok­ing can lead to no­tice­able im­prove­ments to breath­ing and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity feel­ing less stren­u­ous. The aim is to gain huge im­prove­ments in 66 days.

Many peo­ple can quit on their own but there is much ev­i­dence to show that quit­ting with help is four times more suc­cess­ful and that they are much more likely to stay smoke free. Phar­ma­cies will pro­vide sup­port de­signed specif­i­cally to sup­port any­one try­ing to stop.

Spe­cial­ist ser­vices are there to help, en­cour­age and of­fer sup­port ev­ery step the way.

The net­work will tai­lor a unique pro­gramme for smok­ers, and if they don’t suc­ceed at first they won’t be judged or crit­i­cised. Ev­ery quit at­tempt is a step closer to stop­ping for good.

‘We will help you to re­view what you have achieved and con­tinue to work with you un­til you suc­ceed,’ said a spokesper­son.

Phar­ma­cists can also use a new ser­vice called Flo. Flo is NHS owned and aims to help peo­ple achieve their health goals.

Named af­ter the pioneer­ing nurse Florence Nightin­gale, Flo is a text mes­sag­ing ser­vice that can send and re­ceive texts to help peo­ple stay on track and mo­ti­vated.

Smok­ing is a real fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment. The av­er­age smoker spends more than £1,500 a year on cig­a­rettes. Any­one who smokes a pack a day, can run to more than £3,000 a year. That money could net a fam­ily hol­i­day, a new kitchen or bath­room, or even a car.

Laura Stephen­son of Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care part­ner­ship is de­lighted to be in­volved in Mid Ar­gyll’s 66 Day Event.

Laura said: ‘Get­ting sup­port from friends, ser­vices and your com­mu­nity can re­ally help peo­ple get over an in­grained habit. Make Oc­to­ber 17 your day and pop in to get your car­bon monoxide read­ing.’

Visit a phar­macy to get sup­port. Ad­di­tion­ally, get tele­phone or we­bchat sup­port from trained su­per­vi­sors from the na­tional Quit Your Way ser­vice, open Mon­day un­til Fri­day 8am-10pm and Sat­ur­day and Sun­day 9am5pm, tele­phone 0800 848484 or visit www.nhsin­form.scot/cam­paigns/quit-your­way-scot­land or visit www. smoke­free­high­land.co.uk


Linda Tough from Adult Learn­ing, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil; An­to­nia Baird, Mid Ar­gyll Health and Well­be­ing Net­work Co-or­di­na­tor, also from the coun­cil; and Claire Cameron, MS Cen­tre Mid Ar­gyll – all hard at work plan­ning to help peo­ple change their lives through the chal­lenge.

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