Doncaster woman’s health improved after 40 years of smoking

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A Doncaster woman has quit her 40-year smoking habit.

Since she has given up, not only is she feeling fitter and more confident, she has also seen her speech impediment improve.

Elizabeth Wright, aged 57, who lives in Adwick-le-Street, started smoking at school and over the years she has tried quitting the habit unsuccessfully.

However, she decided to head to Doncaster’s Stop Smoking Service, run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, and has not picked up a cigarette for six months.

She used to smoke 30 a day and is using the money she is saving to treat her three grandchildren and buy herself new clothes.

Elizabeth, who heard about the Stop Smoking Service from her GP, said: “I decided I needed to stop smoking because of the bad cough I had, the cost of cigarettes and because I was fed-up of going outside buildings in the winter to smoke.”

Elizabeth, who meets regularly with RDaSH’s stop smoking advisor Amanda Birkinshaw, said: “It’s been easier to stop smoking because Amanda has been a great help. She supports me. She keeps telling me that I can do this. That gives me the belief that I can do it and now I have. This is a great service. All the staff are really nice and supportive.

“Since stopping smoking it has given me more confidence. I now go to the gym, and I feel so much better in myself. I never went before because of my breathing and the cough I had. The confidence I have gained has also helped to improve my speech impediment.”

Stop smoking advisor, Amanda, said: “It’s a pleasure to help Elizabeth. She has done so well and I’m really proud of what she has achieved. I will go on supporting Elizabeth for as long as she needs.”

Anyone wanting help to stop smoking can contact the Stop Smoking Service by ringing 01302 640064.