YOU are not alone - that’s the message from Solihull NHS Care Trust to thousands of local smokers.
Ahead of No Smoking Day - which is taking place on March 11 - the care trust is offering as much support as possible to people who are battling to kick the habit.
Solihull’s Stop Smoking Service has already highlighted the money that smokers could save if they quit - £176 each week for someone who has 20 cigarettes a day.
A distinctive purple van will be parked in Mell Square on the day itself and information will also be available in Chelmsley Wood shopping centre.
Michael Turner was a smoker for 30 years but finally decided to quit to improve his overall fitness.
He has been attending a clinic at the Woodman’s Rest in Shirley and hasn’t touched a cigarette for nearly two months. Since he packed in the fags, his carbon monoxide levels have fallen dramatically.
He said: “I never had help when I previously tried to quit. When I did it off my own back I had less incentive and willpower.
“The NHS support feels different. I don’t want to let them down and I know that I have my carbon monoxide reading done weekly which spurs me on.”
For advice on how you can
follow Michael’s example call
Solihull Stop Smoking Service on 0121 712 8333.