Pay for a family trip to Lapland in 2022 by quitting smoking


FORMER smokers shared the heartbreaking reasons they went non-smokers in an effort to get others to quit.

Regional organization Fresh is urging smokers to put quitting smoking at the top of their 2022 New Year’s resolutions for family, better health, and their finances – and has determined how much you could save if you do.

An online campaign will offer information and advice to residents of northeastern and northern Cumbria, who can sign up for 24/7 online support with the Smoke Free app, as well as free assistance already available from Stop Smoking services in the region.

Organizers hope the money will also inspire people to quit, as a ten-day smoker could save more than £ 1,600 a year and help offset the rising cost of living next year.

Camille Walton quit smoking in May 2020

Mother-of-two Camille Walton, 39, of Ryhope, quit smoking in May 2020, after her eldest daughter begged her to quit.

She said, “I used to smoke ten times a day and have managed to quit several times over the years, but I always did it again. I have two daughters aged 16 and 7 and I quit during both pregnancies.

“Before my 30th birthday, I was determined to pass my driver’s license, so I quit smoking and used the money I saved to pay for a crash course.

“It was mainly social reasons why I started smoking again, it was a routine.

“My husband doesn’t smoke and my daughters hated it. But what really touched me was when I came home from work one day to find my oldest daughter really upset in her room. She had discovered in school the things that can cause cancer and was so worried about losing her mother and I promised her that I would quit smoking.

“I promised her so that’s it – I’m going to quit smoking for good.”

“When I finished my last pack of cigarettes, that was it.

“I quit the cold turkey – I was so determined. It also coincided with the entry into force of the menthol ban. I was a menthol smoker and I was just thinking what was it for? If I couldn’t buy them, it made perfect sense to stop.

“I can’t believe how much I was spending on cigarettes. I’ve saved tons since quitting!

“The way I think about it is I’m not wasting money on something that might kill me. I can look after the girls and buy nice things for the house.

“No smoking is my new normal. I feel good. My family is in heaven. Once you start to feel better and see all the money you’re saving, it’s a no-brainer to keep going.

Danny Patterson's father diagnosed with cancer

Danny Patterson’s father diagnosed with cancer

After Danny Patterson’s father was diagnosed with smoking-related bladder cancer, he knew he had to quit.

But that was three years before a friend died from lung cancer and a return to the UK to care for his mother required him to reassess what he was doing and take action to stop To smoke.

The 30-year-old from North Shields said: “When I quit I was taking ten to fifteen a day.

“My dad had cancer a few times – bladder cancer. He was first diagnosed three years ago, they said it was because he smoked.

“He had quit ten years ago, but the doctor said it was because he had smoked for so long. That’s what first put the idea in my head – I knew I had to think about quitting.

“I had been living in Thailand for six years, teaching English. A guy I knew died of lung cancer in 2021, then my mom got sick in the UK and needed heart surgery. I decided to go home to take care of her and thought: when I get back to England, I’m going to quit smoking.

“I stopped using the nicotine patches from the pharmacy in August 2021. I made an appointment with the pharmacist, she did an assessment and recommended nicotine replacement therapy. I meet with her every two weeks, we talk about my condition and she gives me more patches with a lower dose. I am on the minimum dose now.

“I’ve wanted to quit for years and I’m so glad I did. My mom has always desperately wanted me to quit smoking too, especially after my dad was diagnosed with cancer, so she’s over the moon.

“I have really bad asthma and it’s so much better now. I used to use my blue inhaler regularly and now I hardly use it anymore. I also eat healthier and have lost a lot of weight – two stones. It was very difficult to quit smoking, but I am breathing so much easier now, which has helped me. I also saved a lot of money. I’m saving for when my girlfriend comes from Thailand and we can go on a trip to Europe.

Ailsa rutter

Ailsa rutter

Ailsa Rutter, Director of Fresh and Balance, said: “Quitting smoking is one of the greatest gifts you can give to loved ones. Children are very worried about their parents and grandparents’ smoking – they want them to be there for the important moments in life.

“Every cigarette damages your lungs and your health, but every pack you smoke also depletes your bank balance. When you add up the money, we are talking about thousands. Quitting smoking can boost your family’s finances and pay for great family experiences in 2022.

“We also know that despite common myths, stress and anxiety decrease when you quit smoking. It can be difficult, but millions of people have now done it and we urge you to never give up.

Fresh calculated how much a ten-day smoker, paying £ 9 a pack, could save and what he could pay instead.

1 week savings of £ 31 is a trip to the movies

A 2-week savings of around £ 62 could pay for a family trip (two adults and two children) to see Pinocchio at Northern Stage, the best part of an annual Netflix membership or Xbox game.

3 weeks savings of around £ 93 would pay for Sunday lunch at your local Toby Carvery for up to five people.

4 weeks savings of £ 124 would buy you 4 months of a super high-speed package including TV, a ticket for four to Flamingoland or tickets or a family of four to pantomime.

6-month savings of £ 821 could be used to buy bikes for spring and summer outing, or pay the average electricity bill for a 1 to 2 bedroom house or apartment (EDF Energy estimates). Or it could pay for a trip and an overnight stay for a family of four to London with a visit to the Harry Potter studio, as well as dinner at the restaurant.

Saved £ 1,642 in a year could pay for a family day trip to Lapland in 2022. It could also more than pay the annual electricity bill for many families (EDF Energy estimates)

Dr Ruth Sharrock

Dr Ruth Sharrock

Dr Ruth Sharrock, Respiratory Consultant at the Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Leader of the North East and North Cumbria Smoke-Free NHS and Tobacco Addiction Treatment Task Force, said: ‘If you smoke, the most important thing you can do to improve your health is to quit smoking.

“If you quit smoking, the best chance of success is having a local quit smoking service that supports you and gives you the right quit medications and aids to beat cravings. But the app can also provide 24/7 support and motivation to have by your side whenever you need it.

“It’s never too late to quit, even if you’ve been a smoker for years and have tried. Your lungs and body start to recover from the moment you stop, and you reduce the risk of serious illnesses like cancer, heart disease, COPD, and strokes.

At the start of the pandemic, there were concerns about the many smokers who may have had difficulty accessing smoking cessation services due to stay-at-home restrictions, and many ex-smokers and young people were at risk of start over due to additional stress, anxiety and boredom.

Smokers are also at greater risk of having severe symptoms or being hospitalized with Covid-19, due to years of smoking damaging their lungs and immune system, making it harder to fight infections and disease. respiratory.

The Smoke Free app has now helped 500,000 people worldwide quit smoking with 24/7 support from expert advisors. It offers daily support to quit smoking, help cope with cravings, and a savings calculator to keep you motivated.

How the body recovers after quitting smoking:

After 20 minutes – check your pulse, it will already start to return to normal

After 8 hours, your oxygen levels will recover and the level of harmful carbon monoxide in your blood will be halved.

After 48 hours – all carbon monoxide is removed. Your lungs clear mucus and your senses of taste and smell improve

After 72 hours – if you notice that it is easier to breathe, it is because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. In addition, your energy will increase.

After 2-12 weeks blood will flow much better to your heart and muscles as your circulation improves.

After 3 to 9 months – any cough, wheezing, or breathing problem will improve as your lung function increases by up to 10 percent

After 1 year – your risk of heart attack will have halved compared to a smoker ‘

After 10 years, your risk of dying from lung cancer will be halved that of a smoker.

For more information visit nhs.uk/better-health/ stop smoking / Where getmesmokefree.com

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