Be like Kathleen and quit smoking for good!

Published at 14 March, 2018.

Be like Kathleen and quit smoking for good!

This No Smoking Day, we are inviting Calderdale smokers to give up the habit with support from Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale.

No Smoking Day is a day to encourage smokers to quit and to promote the benefits of being smoke free. We want to take this opportunity to remind residents of Calderdale and beyond that there is a variety of support available for anyone who is thinking of quitting smoking. When you're ready to quit, we are here. 

At Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale, we offer a specialist stop smoking service to help people quit smoking for good. We can offer several types of free support including one-to-one advice and group sessions, support can also be online, on the phone or in person in community venues across Calderdale, including GP practices, pharmacies and supermarkets.

Evidence shows that people are up to four times more likely to quit successfully with NHS support.

Quitters can also access a voucher for a variety of stop smoking medications, plus advice on using e-cigarettes as an aid to quitting.

Kathleen Cunningham, a Calderdale resident, stopped smoking with support from Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale. Kathleen has been smoke free for one year, one month and 12 days and we couldn't be happier for her. With huge savings and new lease of life, she says: 

“My whole outlook on life has changed. I now go out walking with my dog and can walk and breathe better than I have done in 20 years. My cough has disappeared and I can sleep better. I have also noticed my dog’s health has improved and I’m happier knowing he now lives in a smoke-free household.”

Read more about Kathleen’s story on the Yorkshire Smokefree website.

Jan Spence, Manager of Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale, said:

“No Smoking Day is a fantastic opportunity for any person thinking of quitting smoking. We know at Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale that if you quit for four weeks with support and the right medication, then you are more likely to stay stopped for good.”

Cllr Faisal Shoukat, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Inequalities, said:

“We know that quitting smoking can be difficult, but with support from Yorkshire Smokefree you’re much more likely to succeed. There’s support to help everyone. 

“In addition, if you quit for four weeks, you can receive free vouchers to sample fitness or swim sessions at any of Calderdale Council’s leisure centres. You’ll not only feel the benefits of stopping smoking, but also those of regular exercise.”

Paul Butcher, the Council’s Director for Public Health, said:

“Recent National Stop Smoking Service statistics show that Yorkshire and Humber had the highest proportion of successful quitters in the country. Why not use No Smoking Day as the springboard to join them and give up smoking for good?”

For more information or if you're wanting to join the thousands who have already quit with Yorkshire Smokefree, contact us on 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines), or 0330 6601 166 (free from most mobiles) or visit

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