Give your lungs a breather - quit smoking

IS THIS the year you really will give up smoking?

You don’t have to be on your own in this - there is help for you.

Many people who have smoked for years think it is too late and ‘the damage is already done’, but the human body is amazingly resilient.

Within the first 20 minutes of quitting, the healing process begins. Quit smoking benefits will continue to improve your health and quality of life for years.

In these days of tight finances you can give yourself a real financial boost, too.

Did you know if you smoke 20 cigarettes per day you will be spending over £2,555 per year on cigarettes (based on £7 per packet of 20)?

Think what you could do with all of that lovely lolly!

If like many others you’ve tried to quit before at New Year but not quite managed to stick to it, have you thought about how you’ll make it work this time?

You are around four times more likely to stop smoking with the help of an NHS quit smoking programme where you can get help and advice from a friendly, trained quit smoking advisor, referral for medication to help you quit and, most importantly, the support of others who are quitting too.

There is a quit smoking group in Montrose.

It is free and anyone who wants to quit smoking is welcome to attend. It is not expected that you will have given up smoking when you come to your first meeting. Weekly meetings last for around an hour.

If you want to register, telephone the Tayside Smoking Helpline on 0845 600 9996.

There is no requirement to be a patient of the particular surgery or to be from the town where the group is held.

The Montrose group meets at the Links Health Centre on Mondays from 5.45 to 6.45pm.

As well as the Tayside Smokeline number above you can get further information about local groups by phoning the NHS Tayside Smoke Free Services in Angus on 01241 430303.

Times and dates are correct at time of going to press, but please check before attending your group in case amendments have had to be made.