A man from Hyde has thanked ‘Be Well Tameside’ for helping him to stub out his 20-a-day smoking habit and to lose almost a stone.
34-year-old Marc Tyson had been a smoker for 19 years – a habit which has cost him an estimated £48,545, using the NHS Smoking Calculator.
Marc has been out of work for some time due to health issues affecting mobility, something that he desperately wanted to change.
In April 2018, he made the decision to seek help so he could stop smoking, lose weight and get himself back to work.
Marc said: “I had been smoking 20 cigarettes for about 19 years and couldn’t really afford to continue as I was struggling to pay the bills. I also wanted to stop for my health. I was feeling very low.
“I rang my surgery to get help with stopping smoking and they put me in touch with Be Well Tameside. I was given an appointment quite quickly. At my one to one appointment my advisor talked me through the different products available and supported me to change my behaviour.”
Thanks to the support from Be Well Tameside, Marc has now been smoke free for six months and has lost 12 pounds. Now, he’s helping to highlight Stoptober, the Public Health England campaign supported by Tameside Council.
He said: “I was given encouragement and advice by the team throughout my journey. I’m proud to say I have been successfully smoke free since April.”
For help with quitting smoking or to find out more, contact the Be Well Tameside Team by calling 0161 716 2000 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The service is on Twitter and Facebook @BeWellTameside. You can also visit: www.penninecare.nhs.uk/bewelltameside.