A Dundee man has proved it’s never too late to change your life after he successfully quit smoking after more than five decades.
Samuel Drummond smoked for around 55 years before finally kicking the habit for good after getting support from NHS Tayside Quit Your Way Services. He asked for support from his local Boots pharmacy in Lochee and was thrilled when he managed to give up cigarettes.
Samuel said, “I have been smoking since I was around 12-years-old. I have tried to give up a few times before but this time it has worked!
“I was told about the Quit Your Way service by someone I know so I asked my doctor about it and he told me about the 12-week course through the pharmacy. It has not been easy but I’m so glad I have done it.”
Samuel said he has experienced real benefits to his health since giving up smoking.
He said, “I had wanted to quit for a long time for health reasons but also because of the expense of smoking now.
“I went down to the pharmacy once a week for 12 weeks and the support I had was a great help. I had tried to quit before by using patches but they didn’t work for me. This time, I tried Champix, a medicine used to help people give up smoking, and it really worked for me.
“I already feel better. I used to cough a lot and that seems to have stopped. You do feel really proud of yourself and I would definitely encourage others to use the service available. It really does work!”
Pharmacy dispenser Ryan Chaplin, who has provided support and advice to Samuel during the 12-week Quit Your Way programme, said he hopes other people are inspired by Samuel’s success.
He said, “The pharmacy smoking cessation services helps people to quit their way with additional support. Samuel had done so well and I would encourage everyone to approach their local pharmacy for more information on how to quit. We are all friendly and ready to offer support and help to anyone who would like to stop smoking for good.”
Giving up smoking is the single most important lifestyle decision that anyone can make to improve their health immediately.
Anyone who wants to stop smoking can visit any local community pharmacy or call Quit Your Way on 01382 424127 to find out about all the ways NHS Tayside can help support people to become smoke free.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the free Quit Your Way with our support programme which offers support and free products can also follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nhstaysidequityourway
NHS Tayside operates a strict no smoking policy and asks staff, patients and visitors to respect the policy by not smoking on NHS Tayside premises or grounds. Only one in five people now smoke and NHS Tayside’s policy aims to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the people using its services.
NHS Tayside’s smoking policy now allows the use of e-cigarettes on NHS Tayside grounds but they remain prohibited in buildings and enclosed spaces.
Early next year, the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc And Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 will make it illegal to smoke within 15 metres of a hospital building. Anyone breaking this law will be liable to receive a fixed penalty notice which can be issued by enforcement officers employed by the local authority. Guidance about the new law will be issued by the Scottish Government, including the responsibilities of NHS and local authorities and how they will work in partnership to enforce it.
Health benefits to quitting smoking:
- 20 minutes after quitting your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
- 48 hours – no nicotine is left in your body. Your senses of taste and smell are greatly improved
- 72 hours – your breathing becomes easier and your energy levels increase
- 2-12 weeks after quitting smoking your circulation improves and exercise can be easier
- 3-9 months – any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve
- Within one year the risk of heart attack is halved
- Within 10 years the risk of lung cancer is halved and the risk of heart attack is at the same level as non-smokers
- Medium to long term – stopping smoking at any age increases your life expectancy, provided you stop before the onset of serious disease. Even if you have developed a disease, you can benefit from stopping as your body will be under less strain and be able to fight it more easily.
Smoking causes the premature deaths of 13,000 people in Scotland every year and causes 56,000 hospital admissions. It is the single largest preventable cause of ill health and mortality.
‘Second-hand’ smoke or passive smoking is a significant health risk to non-smokers. Passive smoking is calculated to cause:
- Nearly 1 in 10 of all deaths due to stroke
- Nearly 1 in 20 of all deaths due to asthma
- More than 1 in 30 of all deaths due to heart disease
- More than 1 in 25 of all lung cancers