Case Study

Why they decided to give-up smoking? Health reasons and her mental health

Past attempts: Tried previously with patches from boots by herself

What made them contact the service? She wanted to quit and could not to do it by herself

Medication used: Patches and inhalator

How long they have been smoke free? 4 -5 weeks smoke free

Benefits they have seen so far?  ‘I feel like the weekly support was so helpful, I tried quitting by myself previously but failed. The practitioner was very patient with me and understood the challenge’s I faced in quitting smoking. I thought smoking would help me with my anxiety and depression, however quitting has improved my general and mental health. I am so thankful I am called weekly, it’s good to know someone cares ‘

A common misconception is that smoking can have ‘therapeutic value’ and can lead to fewer symptoms of mental health problems such as reduced feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, etc. However, smoking increases anxiety and tension. Nicotine creates an immediate sense of relaxation, so people smoke in the belief that it reduces stress and anxiety.

This feeling of relaxation is temporary and soon gives way to withdrawal symptoms and increased cravings. Any short-term benefits that smoking seems to have are significantly outweighed by the higher rates of smoking-related physical health problems, such as lung cancer, that are common amongst people with mental health conditions.

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This has been one of the best times I’ve had, to think that giving up smoking is hard. I found it very easy a lot of it was down to the encouragement from the staff and the environment they create. The best thing I’ve done in years.
Terry - 07/02/2019
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