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Stop smoking service marks first year of success

18th April 2017

Stop smoking experts in Wirral have supported more than 1,000 people in quitting the habit over the past year

ABL Wirral, the smoking and nicotine cessation service run by community healthcare organisation ABL Health on behalf of Wirral Council, is celebrating its first 12 months of success in the borough.

To mark the milestone, a special Q&A panel event is being planned for World No Tobacco Day on Wednesday 31 May, which will tackle the topic Stubbing It Out – How can e-cigs help us combat smoking in 2017? More details will be released nearer the time.

Elizabeth Woodworth, Nicotine and Smoking Cessation lead at ABL Wirral, said: “We are delighted to have supported so many people on their quit journey and are committed to continuing this work to help make smoking history for children in the area. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and I would encourage smokers to come to us for some free advice about kicking the habit for good.”

Ken Lavery smoked for 60 years before successfully quitting cigarettes – and he hasn’t looked back. He said: “I stopped smoking when I felt a tightness in my chest and a little seed was sown so I went out and bought e-cigarettes. I started attending an ABL Wirral drop in clinic and with their help have stopped the e-cigs as well.

“I was absolutely made up to see how my carbon monoxide levels have gone down – it gives you such a buzz. I feel so much better – I used to hear rattling in my chest when I was breathing and couldn’t go for walks but now I can enjoy walking along the seafront again. I’d encourage people to quit smoking – it will catch up with you if you don’t.”

ABL Wirral offers free, tailored 12 week programmes including both one-to-one and group support at easily accessible venues. There is also an offer of help for people who wish to quit using an e-cigarette.

You can contact ABL Wirral on 0151 541 5656, by texting ABL to 60777, e-mailing wiccg.ablwirral@nhs.net or visit www.ablwirral.co.uk for more information.