New year new smokefree you
A mother of one is starting the New Year smokefree and is using the money she saved to take her daughter on their first holiday.
Amy Cumberledge, 25 who lives with her parents and three-year-old daughter, Maisey in Prudhoe quit smoking in March 2015 for her daughter.
She started smoking at 17 and quit when she found out she was pregnant but started again soon after Maisey was born.
“My mum and dad were amazed I’ve managed to quit. This is my second attempt but I’m determined to quit for good now. I’m doing it for Maisey. When I smoked I was regularly short of breath even doing the littlest of things like walking to the shops.”
Amy stopped smoking with the help from Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service. She attended weekly clinics at Oakland Healthcentre.
She added; “I wanted to quit for a long time but I never thought I would be able to, with the brilliant help and support I had from Mandy my stop smoking advisor I have managed to achieve my goal.
“I now have more energy and money and I’m going to use the money I’ve saved from quitting to take Maisey and me on our first holiday.”
The financial benefits of not smoking soon added up for Amy who’d typically smoked 20 cigarettes a day, and could save almost £3000 a year.
The Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service is provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Clinics are available in a range of places including GP practices, pharmacies, and community centres. Some out of hours clinics are also available for those people who find it difficult to attend appointments during the day.
Brenda Warner, manager of Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service urged others to get in touch and find out more about quitting:
“Amy has really done well and I hope this encourages others to make stop smoking their new year’s resolution for 2016 and come to the service for free friendly advice and support. We can advise on different medications, use of e-cigarettes, and what to do to stop the cravings.”
For more information visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/stopsmoking or call 01670 813 135.