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Grandparents quit after a century of smoking

Tuesday, 04 November, 2014
Grandparents quit after a century of smoking

A grandmother and a great grandfather have quit after a total of more than a century of smoking.

Norman Naylor, from Stakeford, and Pauline Aynsley, from Blyth, are both celebrating being smoke free this Stoptober.

Norman, 78, stopped smoking in April this year after almost 60 years as a smoker. He said: “It all started when I was a youngster in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves (RNVR).

“We used to go away every year for a fortnight’s training with the regulars, and we were given stamps when we arrived which we used to buy cigarettes.

 “I was 19 then and I carried on smoking for nearly 60 years.”

Mr Naylor is married with two children, two grandchildren, one great grandchild and there is another on the way. He decided to quit for health reasons after developing emphysema.

He said: “My family used to say I should stop smoking, but I never took any notice.

“I used to cough all day. From the moment I got up in the morning to when I went to bed I coughed non-stop. Now I hardly ever cough.”

Norman quit smoking with support from the Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service, run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Norman said: “I tried to stop twice before, but I kept going back to it. I think this time it was the right time for me to stop. I’d put up with the coughing for years but then I decided enough was enough. I went to my doctor’s surgery and the receptionist gave me a card with the number for the NHS Stop Smoking Service.”

Norman’s stop smoking advisor recommended a 12-week course of non-nicotine tablets used to help adults stop smoking. The medication helps reduce the craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping smoking. It is one of a range of treatments people can access when they contact their local NHS Stop Smoking Service for support.

Pauline, 70, quit smoking last Stoptober after smoking up to 40 cigarettes a day for 53 years.

She had a dual reason for quitting, with breathing problems of her own and the health of her young grandchildren to consider. A visit from her youngest granddaughter proved the turning point.

She said: “I sprayed the house with air freshener and I didn’t smoke while she was here, but when she went home her mother could still smell smoke on her hair.

“That was one of the deciders for me, I thought I can’t be letting the bairn have this.”

She quit smoking with support from the Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service.

She said: “The Stop Smoking Service definitely made it a lot easier to quit. I tried to stop smoking a few times before, but this is the first time I’ve had their support.

“It hasn’t been easy to give up, but I’m so pleased with what I have achieved for myself and for my family.”

People across Northumberland who are quitting this Stoptober are being encouraged to contact their local NHS Stop Smoking Service.

People accessing the service can expect to benefit from free expert NHS advice and a personalised quit plan, as well as prescribed medications to help beat cravings.

Brenda Warner, manager of Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service, said: “Pauline and Norman have done so well and I know it wasn’t easy for them. I hope this encourages other smokers to come to the service for support and advice.

“I would urge people who are thinking of quitting to contact their local NHS Stop Smoking Service advisors for help and support.

“If you want to stop smoking and are considering using an e cigarette, or are confused about which products are licensed as medicines and what to do about your smoking, then we are here to support you.

“Our NHS Stop Smoking Service advisors can help you decide on the best evidence-based treatment and tailor a support package just for you. And the good news is people who use their local NHS Stop Smoking Service are four times more likely to quit smoking.”

For more information on stopping smoking and Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service call 01670 813135 or click here.