GWH boss quits fags thanks to new drug
A DIRECTOR of finance at the Great Western Hospital is well on the way to stubbing it out for Stoptober with the help of smoking pill Champix.
Mike Wellings, 54, has a very active lifestyle but found that his smoking habit was holding his fitness back.
Mike said: “I play lots of sport but I’ve found that smoking really impacts my performance.
“There’s also the combination of family pressure and health reasons. And, of course, I work in a hospital and it’s important to set an example.”
Mike decided to give it up this month for Stoptober using the drug, Champix, which works on receptors in the brain to stop cravings and prevent nicotine causing pleasurable feelings.
He said: “I actually started the course on the Sunday before Stoptober started.
“I used to smoke about 20 a day and now it’s gone down to about three. Champix makes it taste disgusting. And I’ve been drinking lots of fluids to combat the cravings too.”
Mike has tried quitting before but he is hoping that this time he will eventually stop for good.
He said: “I’ve been smoking for nearly 30 years. I tried quitting before, about four years ago when I was in Doncaster, and I managed to stop for three months. Then one day work got the better of me and I had a cigarette.
“Everyone has been really supportive this time. I’m taking it just one day at a time.”
One in every five adults in Swindon still smokes, despite it being the UK’s biggest preventable killer – someone dies from a smoking related illness every six seconds. But research shows that those who stop for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good, and Public Health England’s Stoptober campaign, now in its second year, encourages smokers to give it up this month. Last year, 160,000 people across the country quit for good during Stoptober, and this year more than 216,000 smokers have signed up so far.
Smokers who register get a free stop-smoking pack, have access to a mobile phone app and can hop online to social media sites Facebook and Twitter and join in the conversation with other quitters facing the challenge together.
For more information about the stop smoking service or to book an appointment to make your first step towards becoming smoke free, visit www.seqol.org/ community-health-services/ stop- smoking; email besmokefree@ seqol.org; or call or text 01793 465513, 0800 3892229 or 07881 281797. For more information about Stoptober, visit www.
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