Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Giving Up Smoking Is Tough but with Quit Smoking & Start Living! ; Giving Up Smoking Is Tough but with the Right Support You Have the Best Chance of Stubbing out for Good and Saving Your Health and a Fortune

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Giving Up Smoking Is Tough but with Quit Smoking & Start Living! ; Giving Up Smoking Is Tough but with the Right Support You Have the Best Chance of Stubbing out for Good and Saving Your Health and a Fortune

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ONE in five adults in the North West is a smoker - one of the highest rates in the country.

Just over 20% of adults in the region smoke, compared to the English average of 18.4%.

Giving up is never easy - but you're much more likely to have success with the support of a health professional. And at your local Boots store, you can drop in for expert advice from a pharmacist without even needing an appointment.

Amanda Bush, a pharmacist in Boots's Liverpool city centre branch, said: "We can help give people a better chance of successfully stopping smoking by offering advice specifically tailored to them.

"If someone comes in asking for help I suggest we have an informal chat in a private consultation room so I can find out about their smoking habits. In order to help them choose the products likely to work best for them, it's helpful to know how much they smoke and when they most feel the need to smoke.

"All our pharmacies stock a wide range of products to help stop smoking, including nicotine patches, lozenges, nasal sprays, inhalators and gums and often it's a combination of products that give people the best chance of success."

With a higher than average smoking rate in the North West, it's not surprising that the region has more smoking-related deaths than the English average.

Latest figures from Public Health England show for every 100,000 deaths of adults aged 35 or over in the North West, 347 are caused by smoking. This is significantly higher than the English average of 289 - and makes smoking one of the region's top health concerns.

But it's never too late to act. Within hours of stamping out your last cigarette, your body starts to recover from the effects of nicotine and additives. Your blood pressure and heart rate begin to return to healthier levels, and over time your lung capacity increases and breathing becomes easier.

Amanda said: "Giving up smoking is probably the single most positive thing you can do to improve your health. …

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