Take the Stoptober Challenge urges “One Born Every Minute” Knowsley Dad

Published on: Wednesday, 21-October-2015

A Knowsley Dad quit his 30 year smoking habit when his wife was pregnant hopes his story will inspire other smokers to give up for good during Stoptober.

Gary Wright, who recently featured in “One Born Every Minute”, smoked for 33 years after he started experimenting with cigarettes and roll-ups when he was 15. Before he gave up smoking he would spend around 170 pounds a month on cigarettes. He successfully kicked his habit 18 months ago:

“In that time I've had just one urge to smoke but basically I'm so put off by it now that I wouldn't give in.
“My wife gave up smoking when she was pregnant with our first child, Arabella I gave up 2 weeks after her. Being healthy for my child is one of my main motivations to not smoke plus I get to save money.

“The Stop Smoking Service is based 2 doors away from where I work.  It's been brilliant! They are always there to speak to and really encouraged me on my journey to be smoke free.”Knowsley Dad, Gary Wright, hopes his story will inspire other smokers to give up for good during Stoptober

He added:

“Today I feel great, I can taste my food again plus my sense of smell has come back and I don't have to worry about where to get the money to buy cigarettes.”

Stoptober – the National 28 day quitting challenge from Pubic Health England, backed by Knowsley Council - encourages smokers to join up and quit together for Stoptober 2015, using a range of free online resources, local stop smoking service support and a touch of Great British humour.

A range of support is available to help you quit in Knowsley including drop-in sessions, one to one appointments, an exclusive Quit Buddy and Quit Online service allowing smokers to quit via text and email and a pharmacy stop smoking service. The stop smoking service, provided by City Health Care Partnership CIC, has over 50 clinics running each week and will be working alongside the local Working Well Officers to target workforces during the Stoptober campaign.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, said “If you’re inspired by Gary’s story Stoptober is the perfect time to stop smoking as there is lots of support available and lots of other people are quitting at the same time.  I would urge anyone who smokes locally to take part in the challenge – it will improve your health and your finances!”

In addition to the tools offered through the Stoptober campaign, you can access local support, expertise and medication on prescription to help you quit smoking through our Ready to Stop Smoking service – visit www.readystopsmoking.co.uk or call 0800 3247111 to find out more.  Good luck to everyone who is taking part in Stoptober this year.

To sign up to the nation’s biggest mass quit attempt, search Stoptober online, visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober or contact your local stop smoking service - visit www.readystopsmoking.co.uk or call 0800 3247 111.