Weston-super-Mare couple's savings go up in Smoke !
By JCLPhotography | Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 17:44
A couple from Weston-super-Mare set light to a year's worth of savings to mark No Smoking Day. Jerry Baker (48) and Helen Wyatt (52) were both heavy smokers
until they decided to quit with the help of the local stop smoking service
provided by NHS North Somerset.
Since they gave up a year ago
they have noticed both huge health benefits and massive financial savings. Helen
said: "We both smoked about 20 roll-ups as well as
some ready-made every day before we gave up, so that
was over £30 a week. Since quitting, we've saved over £1,600. We worked out that
we have spent around £150,000 on cigarettes during our lives - we could have
bought a house for that.
"When we smoked, we had no
idea how much it was really costing us. It had a huge impact on our health, our
family's health and our pockets. Since we gave up we both feel so much healthier
and happier. We can do more physically than ever before, and we've been able to
afford to go away on our first holiday in years."
Jerry added: "I won't pretend
it was easy for either of us to quit, but it was certainly loads easier with the
support of the stop smoking team. If anyone is thinking about taking the next
step and giving up, I would definitely recommend them over trying to do it
alone. We are really glad to have given up as we now know the harmful effects
that our smoking had on the children in the house."
Fiona Miles, NHS North
Somerset Health Improvement Development Manager, said: "300 people die
unnecessarily in North Somerset from smoking related illnesses. But this needn't
be the case. We are here to help anyone who wants to
As well as the health and
finance benefits of stopping smoking, giving up is also supported by Avon Fire
& Rescue Service. Jon Brown, the station manager for Weston-super-Mare said:
"We are happy to be supporting No Smoking Day as giving up greatly reduces the
risk of fires in the home. Smoking is the single biggest cause of fire deaths in
the UK. If you do smoke it's important you take extra care when putting out your
The theme for this year's No
Smoking Day is 'swap fags for swag'. By visiting www.wequit.co.uk smokers can enter the average number
of cigarettes they smoke a day to find out how much money they could save by
quitting over the course of a week, a month and a year.
Anyone who is ready to give
up can get all the support they need from North Somerset's support to quit
service. The number to ring is 01275 546 744 or text
07800 001 316. People can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to a
trained stop smoking adviser available in most GP surgeries and pharmacies
across North Somerset.
There's more information at
www.facebook.com/smokefreens including blogs from local people who
have given up successfully using the service.