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Cornwall woman reveals she started smoking at 11-years-old

Cornwall woman reveals she started smoking at 11-years-old

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:12am 9th October 2019.

An anti-smoking campaign is back for another year to help those looking to quit across Cornwall.

'Stoptober' is back to help encourage smokers to make a quit attempt and join those who have already quit this year.

Latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) shows that more than 620,000 people still smoke across the region with 13.8% of those living in Cornwall. 

The health organisation is encouraging all smokers to join in with the nation’s biggest quit attempt by providing them with the support and information they need to “split up” with smoking this Stoptober.

Scroll down to read about the case studies from Cornwall - including a woman who started smoking at just 11 years old...

“We know that Stoptober provides a good opportunity for people thinking about quitting to take the plunge and go for it.

“For anyone thinking of quitting, it’s important to remember that it is much easier to quit with the right support and by doing it in Stoptober you can be confident that you are not doing it alone which we know is a factor for success.

“There are a number of resources out there, specialist stop smoking services, free personal quit plans and a smokefree app that helps you to track your progress, see how much you are saving and get daily support.

“E-cigarettes are also a great way to fight cravings. By quitting you will feel healthier, save money and protect your family”

Russ Moody, Health and Wellbeing Manager for PHE South West 

Case studies

“I started smoking around two cigarettes a day at 11 years old; by 26 it was 20 a day.

“I considered cigarettes a reward and never thought I would quit until I came across e-cigarettes. 

“I worked the nicotine levels down from 18mg and, when I found out I was pregnant, dropped to 0mg. Initially, this was difficult but within a week, I felt great! 

“Smoking made me feel loved and offered me comfort. Now looking back, I feel betrayed like it was a big lie from a two-faced friend.”

Amanda Fraser, 31, from Cornwall

“I started smoking at 14 years old and had an on-off relationship with it until I quit for good in 2017.

“My well-being was worsening, including the development of a rare brain tumour. I didn’t use any aids during the process, which was difficult, but once I started to feel the effects, it got easier.

“I noticed my breathing improve and my sense of smell return. Looking back, the cigarette to me was like an angel and devil sitting on my shoulder.

"I now feel fully in control.”

Ellen Yates, 62, from Cornwall

The campaign

Stoptober has supported over 1.9 million people across the country to quit –  PHE says if a smoker can make it to 28 days smokefree, they are five times more likely to quit for good.

It's free quitting support includes the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails, a Personal Quit Plan and Stoptober online communities.

Research has shown that while many smokers want to quit, they face common barriers including procrastination and a fear of failure.

Smokers can get expert face-to-face  support from local stop smoking services, and those who do are three times as likely to quit successfully as those who try to quit using willpower alone.

Additionally, GPs and pharmacists can also give advice and tips to help smokers quit, including what stop smoking aids might be right for them.

Support from family and friends is also an important factor in quitting smoking, and these networks are encouraged to support a smoker as they split up with smoking.

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