Improve your health in 2016

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The New Year is a great time for making a fresh start to improve your health, including giving up smoking.

Quitting smoking can be challenging, but is the best change you can make to improve your health now and into the future. The benefits start almost immediately and continue for the rest of your life.

Help is at hand, the Southern Trust’s Stop Smoking Service can offer you free support to review your personal triggers for smoking and develop a plan to help you quit successfully.

Using Stop Smoking Support services will greatly improve your chances of becoming a non-smoker, as does using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). NRT reduces the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping smoking by replacing the nicotine from cigarettes. NRT is available in many forms including patches that deliver nicotine slowly through the skin, chewing gum, nasal and mouth sprays, inhalers and lozenges.

As you progress through January and February people who have quit smoking as a New Year’s Resolution may be finding it tough to stay off tobacco. Evidence suggests that if a smoker is able to remain smoke free for at least 28 days then they are five times more likely to quit smoking for good, so keep going! 62% of people using services in the Southern Trust area remained quit at 28 days.

The Southern Trust has been making plans to support people to quit smoking and will be implementing Smoke Free sites Policy across all Trust premises on 9th March .2016 (No Smoking Day). This means that smoking will no longer be permitted by anyone on Trust grounds including car parks.

For more information and useful tips to stop smoking visit the Trust’s website http://www.southerntrust.hscni.net/livewell/1576.htm