Stop smoking campaign a 'success'

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 September 2013

Couple Jerry Baker and Helen Wyatt setting fire to a cheque for £150,000 - symbolising the money they would have saved had they not smoked.

Couple Jerry Baker and Helen Wyatt setting fire to a cheque for £150,000 - symbolising the money they would have saved had they not smoked.

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A STOP smoking campaign in North Somerset has been hailed a success after statistics revealed thousands have quit the habit in the past decade.

Couple Jerry Baker and Helen Wyatt setting fire to a cheque for £150,000 - symbolising the money they would have saved had they not smoked.Couple Jerry Baker and Helen Wyatt setting fire to a cheque for £150,000 - symbolising the money they would have saved had they not smoked.

An estimated 22,000 smokers have used the service since records began in 2005, with more than half of those having stopped as a result.

The support to stop service was launched 10 years ago and has been a major help to anyone who wants to kick the habit, according to director of public health for North Somerset Council, Becky Pollard.

She said: “Our services have been successful in recruiting large numbers of smokers and a substantial number of them have successfully quit smoking.

“I would encourage anyone who is thinking of taking the next step and 
giving up, to do it with the help of 
the support to stop service, because evidence shows you’re four times more likely to quit and stay stopped with its help.”

Earlier this year, Helen Wyatt and her partner Jerry Baker set light to a £150,000 cheque to symbolise how much money they had wasted during their combined 70 years of smoking.

Helen said: “We both smoked about 20 roll-ups every day before we gave up.

“When we smoked, we had no idea how much it was really costing us.

“Since we gave up we both feel so much healthier and happier. We can do more physically than ever before, and we’ve been able to afford to go away on our first holiday in years.”

Information about the support to stop service can be accessed at more than 60 locations across the district, ranging from GP surgeries and chemists to Weston College and local supermarkets.

Alternatively you can call the support to stop team on 01275 546744 or email smokefree@n-somerset.gov.uk

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