Ex-smoker Melissa swaps ash for cash… and a car

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

FROM dog ends to the cat’s whiskers – care home man­ager Melissa Hayes has bought a new car with money she has saved from giv­ing up smok­ing. The 36-year-old Ash­ford woman was smok­ing 30 cigarettes a day and suf­fer­ing from fre­quent chest in­fec­tions, so joined a quit smok­ing group at Ash­ford’s Stour Cen­tre. She said: “It was the right time for me to say good­bye to cigarettes. “I was a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive at first but talked through the process with my ad­viser Linda. “We made a date and then planned and pre­pared to­wards my quit day. “I used patches and an in­hala­tor, which gave me some­thing to do with my hands and a small hit of nico­tine when I needed it.” A new web­site www.smoke­freeea ster­nand­coastalkent.co.uk will be rolled out in Jan­uary which will of­fer in­ter­ac­tive sup­port to help oth­ers quit. Stop smok­ing man­ager Gra­ham Thomas said: “With the range of sup­port at your fin­ger­tips there has never been an eas­ier time to quit smok­ing. “As well as the huge ben­e­fits to your health you can use the money you save to treat your­self or some­one close to you.”

If you would like to fol­low in Melissa’s foot­steps and swap ash for cash call 0800 849 4444 or text QUIT to 87023.

Melissa Hayes, from Ash­ford, with the new car she was able to af­ford af­ter giv­ing up smok­ing

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