Free service helps Adur and Worthing residents to quit smoking for good

Released: Monday, 07 March 2022

Smokers in Adur and Worthing are being urged to sign up for a free service which has already helped many to quit for good.

A team of wellbeing advisors from Adur & Worthing Wellbeing will be in Worthing town centre to promote the stop smoking service on National No Smoking Day, which takes place on Wednesday 9th March 2022. Many local residents have already been helped to quit and are reaping the physical and mental health benefits.

Quitting smoking has many benefits, including reduced stress and improved physical fitness, as Malcolm Robson from Goring discovered when he successfully stopped smoking with support from Adur & Worthing Wellbeing.

Malcolm started smoking again after several months without cigarettes. He knew he needed help to break his £140-a-week habit.

The 57-year-old taxi driver signed up for the 12-week smoking cessation course after seeing a poster in the waiting room of a GP surgery.

The weekly sessions with a wellbeing advisor helped Malcolm to think about the situations when he might want to smoke and develop strategies to beat the urge. He was also prescribed nicotine patches and gum to conquer the cravings and beat the 40-a-day-habit.

Since stopping smoking, Malcolm has seen the financial benefits and has been able to reduce his hours at work. He is also enjoying spending his spare time visiting car boot sales with his wife Georgie and dog Chico. He said:

“The sessions gave me a target to aim for to stay off the cigarettes. No one was telling me I couldn't smoke, but by working through the triggers and planning how to deal with them, I no longer wanted to smoke. Nowadays I can walk a lot further - it's the dog who gets tired first and wants to go home.”

The 12-week smoking cessation programme is one of several free services run by Adur & Worthing Wellbeing, which is delivered by Adur & Worthing Councils with funding from West Sussex County Council to support residents to improve their health and wellbeing.

Cllr Kevin Boram, Adur's Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:

“Giving up smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health. Supporting people to quit is one of our core health priorities to support our residents to live longer healthier lives.”

Cllr Sean McDonald, Worthing's Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:

“With the right support, quitting smoking doesn't have to be stressful. We encourage smokers to take advantage of the free, expert support provided by Adur & Worthing Wellbeing and get help to quit for good.”

To find out more about Adur & Worthing Wellbeing about the services available to local residents, visit:

Photo: Worthing taxi driver Malcolm quit smoking with support from Adur & Worthing Wellbeing

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