Hyde man kicks £48,000 habit thanks to NHS service

A Tameside man has thanked Be Well Tameside for helping him to stub out his 20-a-day smoking habit and to lose almost a stone.

Marc TysonMarc Tyson, 34, from Hyde, had been a smoker for 19 years – a habit which has cost him an estimated £48,545*.

Marc has been out of work for some time due to health issues affecting mobility, something that he desperately wanted to change.

In April 2018, he made the decision to seek help so he could stop smoking, lose weight and get himself back to work.

Marc said: “I had been smoking 20 cigarettes for about 19 years and couldn’t really afford to continue as I was struggling to pay the bills. I also wanted to stop for my health, I was feeling very low.

“I rang my surgery to get help with stopping smoking and they put me in touch with Be Well Tameside, I was given an appointment quite quickly.

“At my one to one appointment my advisor talked me through the different products available and supported me to change my behaviour.”

Thanks to the support from Be Well Tameside, Marc has now been smoke free for six months and has lost 12 pounds.

Marc said: “I was given encouragement and advice by the team throughout my journey. I’m proud to say I have been successfully smoke free since April.”

Marc is now receiving further support from Be Well Tameside to continue to address his weight and feels confident about the future.

He added: “I feel my health has improved so much and I feel more confident to the point that I’m nearly ready to return to work.

“I can walk without getting out of breath, I’ve been able to exercise more, I’ve lost weight and I’m able to pay the bills with the money I’ve saved.”

Lobna Begum-Haris, Specialist Stop Smoking Lead with Be Well Tameside, said: “Marc’s story is a great example of how effective specialist stop smoking support can be.

“Stoptober is a great opportunity to make that commitment to quit smoking – but we offer support all year round. You’re four times more likely to quit with specialist support.

Be Well Tameside team“It’s never too late to quit smoking or to start improving your health. If you live or work in Tameside then Be Well Tameside is here to help.”

For help with quitting smoking or to find out more, contact Be Well Tameside on 0161 716 2000 or bewelltameside@nhs.net

The service is also on Twitter and Facebook @BeWellTameside or you can visit: www.penninecare.nhs.uk/bewelltameside/

*Calculated based on 19 years of smoking 20-a-day, at an average cost of £7, using the NHS Smoking Calculator at: www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/cost-calculator