Sue and Annette Butt Out!

In line with World No Tobacco Day today we thought it would be fitting to acknowledge the achievements of Sue and Annette, who are supported in AFG Liverpool.  They had both smoked heavily for the whole of their adult lives.  In October 2012, which is also the national campaign month for Stoptober, (and is backed by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation), Sue and Annette decided to give up smoking for good.

The ‘health’ segment of Our Promise pledges to help the people we support get the healthcare and advice they need locally.

Team Leader Luke Sheehan explained: “As a Team when we were collectively coming up with different goals and outcomes for the ladies to work towards it was suggested that Sue and Annette quit smoking to improve their general health. This goal was completed over a 3 months process with the support of staff members Christina Maher and Stephanie Carson. Initially they both reduced the amount of cigarettes that they smoked each day, then they purchased an electronic cigarette and used this instead of the real thing, finally they replaced using the electronic cigarette with eating sugar free mints which they still do when they feel the urge to have a cigarette. It is now 7 months since either of them had a cigarette and this really is a massive achievement for both of them which took a lot of dedication and hard work. It has also been noted at their annual full health check that their breathing has improved. This has resulted in Sue being taken off her inhaler which she used to use every day.”

Sue confirmed this new health benefit, “my breathing feels better when I go for walks” she said.

Annette agreed.  “I feel healthier and my chest feels clean now.”

Smoking remains the biggest cause of premature death in England and is responsible for the loss of more than 100,000 lives in the UK every year.  Statistics show that people who stop smoking for 28 days are 5 times more likely to stay smoke free, so smokers who sign up will be given support and encouragement throughout the month.

Well done Sue and Annette on your excellent achievements!