From our spon­sor: Vir­gin Care

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A smoker of 50 years has fi­nally quit for a health­ier life­style and praised the help he re­ceived af­ter seek­ing free lo­cal sup­port. Mike War­ren, pic­tured, from Tw­er­ton, has been us­ing the county’s Stop Smok­ing Sup­port Ser­vice, run by Vir­gin Care as part of Bath and North East Som­er­set’s Com­mu­nity Health and Care ser­vices, to seek both face-to-face and tele­phone con­sul­ta­tions to help him quit. “I was walk­ing down Tw­er­ton high street and I saw the sign for help with stop­ping smok­ing,” Mike said. “It was at that point I felt I needed a bit of back up and I saw Jo Spin­ney (health im­prove­ment prac­ti­tioner at Vir­gin Care). She gave me a pre­scrip­tion for nico­tine re­place­ment. Since then, I’ve seen Jo ev­ery two weeks and here I am three years later smoke free. “There are times when you feel like a cig­a­rette but it’s a mat­ter of mo­ments and the feel­ing does go. When you have bad mo­ments she ad­vises you what to do, like pick up a piece of fruit.” Mike says he feels a lot bet­ter about his life­style choices and feels hap­pier and health­ier hav­ing gained the sup­port he needed to stop smok­ing. “Three years ago when I was smok­ing I was strug­gling, cough­ing and short of breath. By quit­ting I’ve man­aged to carry on,” he said. “I play cricket and also do walk­ing foot­ball at Odd Down Sports cen­tre. I feel hap­pier. I’m ac­tive. If I hadn’t quit smok­ing I wouldn’t be able to do those things. “I don’t think I could have done this with­out the help from Jo and her col­leagues. They don’t put you down be­cause you smoke. They want you to quit as much as you do. They give you en­cour­age­ment and ad­vice. It’s a darn good ser­vice,” added Mike. Vir­gin Care’s Stop Smok­ing Sup­port Ser­vice helps peo­ple, like Mike, to ei­ther stop smok­ing com­pletely or cut down the num­ber of cig­a­rettes to re­duce the harm. The team can also of­fer ad­vice and sup­port to help peo­ple switch to elec­tronic cig­a­rettes (va­p­ing) and stop smok­ing med­i­ca­tion. The ser­vice runs a num­ber of drop-in ses­sions in var­i­ous com­mu­nity venues through­out Bath and North East Som­er­set. Con­tact Vir­gin Care’s Healthy Life­style Ser­vice on 01225 831852 or Bathnes.the­hub@vir­gin­care.co.uk

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