Quitting Smoking this year? Dorset Healthcare can help...

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By NewsPipe | Friday, January 11, 2013, 16:41

Was quitting smoking on your New Year's resolution list? If so, you'll probably be feeling the strain by now. Even though the nicotine itself is long gone, reprogramming the brain to no longer desire a cigarette can take weeks or months, sometimes even years depending on how heavy a smoker you were and for how long.

Dorset has a dedicated team working to help people who need a bit of support to make this postitive change in their lives, and due to the New Year's effect, January is one of their busiest times.

The Stop Smoking Team provided by Dorset Healthcare works out of Bournemouth and holds clinics throughout the Bournemouth and Poole area.

Bob Rea, who heads up the eleven-strong team at Dorset HealthCare, says: "Each clinic runs for a 12-week period, and people can take part on an individual basis, as part of a group or even within their workplace. The first four weeks are the most critical as we deal with the initial withdrawal symptoms which smokers find hardest to cope with.

"During the sessions, we help people to make changes to their thinking and behaviour and discuss how to prevent relapses when people are most likely to succumb to a cigarette – such as when they are out socialising. I would urge anyone considering quitting to contact us first - we have specialist advisors to help you and you're four times more likely to quit with us than on your own."

The team can also help with nicotine replacement devices if you feel that's a route that would help your efforts.

People can self-refer to the Stop Smoking Service by calling 0300 30 38 038, by texting QUITIT to 64446 or by completing an electronic referral form at www.bp.nhs.uk/quitwithus.

Be a Quitter! - Advice for smokers who wish to stop

  • Identify your smoking triggers and set a quit date. It can help to tell friends and family this date too, so that they can support you.
  • Buddy up with a friend or colleague so you can support and encourage each other.
  • Use stop smoking medicines to cope with withdrawal symptoms they can really make a difference to your success compared to trying a 'cold turkey' approach.
  • In the early stages of giving up, try to avoid situations where you might be tempted to smoke again.
  • Be positive. tell yourself "I can do it"!
  • A pre-payment card is available to cover the cost of medicines, costing £29.10 for three months – it's a major cost saving and it covers all stop smoking treatments
  • Contact the Stop Smoking service on 0300 30 38 038 - they have specialist advisors to help you and you're four times more likely to quit with them.

(Photo courtesy of Fried Dough's Photostream on Flickr)



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