Quit smoking on 3 November and you could save a whopping £275 by Christmas Eve!
With a recession looming, the last thing anyone wants to be worrying about is a costly Christmas on top, but it needn't all be doom and gloom. Ditch the cigarettes now and the presents will pay for themselves!
Cherry Jones, Head of Health Improvement for Swindon PCT, said:
"This is a great time to give up smoking, even if people only want to set themselves a short-term target to see how it goes. Based on the price of 20 cigarettes per day, a smoker could potentially save up to £275 in the weeks left before Christmas. We think a boost to the Christmas shopping fund will be a great incentive for lots of people and really hope people will enter into the spirit and take the challenge."
To help residents achieve their goal, Swindon's NHS Stop Smoking service is making it more convenient for people wanting to quit to access its clinics. Stop smoking groups are now being held at a number of locations including the Carfax St Walk-in Centre and West Swindon Health Centre. There are also some evening sessions available at the Clover Primary Care Centre based at the Great Western Hospital, and plans to offer Saturday clinics in the near future.
If you have decided to ditch cigarettes for good, here are some top tips to help you stick at it:
* Call your local FREE stop smoking service on 0800 389 2229 for help, support, and advice you need
* Get some Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) such as patches or gum (on prescription). It can double your chance of stopping – talk to your GP or pharmacist, most of whom will also offer the NHS Stop Smoking service.
* Write down all the reasons why you want to stop and stick it on the fridge to help you stay motivated
* Talk to your friends, family and workmates – support from them is essential – why not quit together and keep each other motivated?
Swindon PCT is part of the Swindon Tobacco Control Partnership working towards a smokefree town. The PCT runs a free stop smoking service, which can offer you advice, information and support on quitting and details on your nearest groups and support advisors. All you have to do is call: 0800 389 2229
For more information on stopping smoking, visit: www.gosmokefree.co.uk