TWO Spen Valley residents are among the many to quit smoking thanks to help from a Cleckheatonbased group.
Geoff Thornton, of Liversedge, and Kathleen Stenson, of Roberttown, both went to Locala Stop Smoking sessions at Cleckheaton Health Centre.
They spoke out in favour of the group as part of a national antismoking campaign running throughout October called Stoptober.
Geoff, whose 60year habit put him in hospital with respiratory problems, said the group had helped make a big difference to his life.
He said: “I’m already finding that breathing’s a lot easier and I’m no longer wheezing. I don’t want a cigarette any more.
“I can socialise with smokers and I’m not bothered. I’m on nicotine patches, but sometimes I forget them and I’ve not been tempted.”
Kathleen, who smoked 30 a day for years, said those attending support sessions get emotional and practical support from professional health workers and others on the programme.
She said: “I tried to stop smoking on my own but came to the group because of the support. Smoking had taken over my life but I feel so much better.”
Group advisor Sonia Brown said: “Evidence shows you are four times more likely to quit with professional support.
“We’re here for you. We’re friendly and we won’t judge. People can come along, have a cuppa, a chat and even make new friends.”
The Locala Cleckheaton Stop Smoking group meets on Thursdays (67pm). There are others across Kirklees.
For more details, call Locala on 01924 351498. For more about Stoptober, go to www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober.