People looking to give up smoking in the New Year can get extra support in 2014 from an unusual source – the local pub.
Lance Nuttall, partner of Dee Allen, landlady of the Woolpack Pub in Burgess Hill, is teaming up with the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team to offer a free six-week stop smoking course at the pub from Tuesday January 7.
The course will provide expert advice, support and encouragement to anyone who wants to kick the habit.
Quitting offers financial, physical and health benefits including a better sense of taste, smell and a reduced risk of lung cancer and heart disease.
For many smokers a pint of beer or glass of wine in the local pub is the perfect accompaniment to a cigarette.
But the pub is also a convenient, social place for people to meet and tackle smoking together.
Lance is hoping to help other members of staff quit as well.
He said: “I’ve smoked on and off for almost 30 years and I’ve tried to quit many times but I’ve never quite managed to give up for good. For me, smoking is a social habit, something I do with our customers and other members of staff.
“It’s hard for me because the pub is such a social environment but if we all try to stop smoking together then that social element is in our favour and can help us to quit together instead.
“I’m not a heavy smoker but 10 cigarettes a day cost me £4, that’s £30 a week and over £120 a month. The cost soon mounts up and if I can give up then the money I will save means I will be able buy myself something special.
“I’ve always wanted a classic car, something like a Morris Minor convertible or an MG, and if I quit smoking then I’ll finally be able to afford one.”
For advice on accessing local Stop Smoking Services in Mid Sussex call 01444 477191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more, visit the Mid Sussex Wellbeing website at www.midsussexwellbeing.org.uk.