A COUPLE have praised the help they received from NHS Calderdale to stub out the cigarettes once and for all.
Sarah Wood, 23, and fiance Lee Whitehead, 26, managed to give up the fags thanks to patches, inhalators and one-on-one help through the Stop Smoking Service.
The couple, who have two children – Cayden-Lee, three, and Riley, six months – have now been smoke-free since January 1.
Sarah, of Blackberry Way, Siddal, Halifax, said: “I started smoking when I was 16.
“It’s just something I’ve always done. When I was pregnant with Riley, the midwife referred me to the NHS service.
“I smoked through both pregnancies. I knew a lot of peple who had smoke through their pregnancy so I just carried on.
“I hadn’t tried to stop before. It’s not something I had ever thought about. It was just part of my life.”
Lucy Hill, NHS Calderdale’s stop smoking specialist, visited the couple at home regularly to see how they were doing.
Sarah said: “She was really helpful. It made such a difference.
“She still phones me and said if we ever feel like we need a cigarette, to ring her and she’ll be there to help us.
“It was hard for the first couple of weeks but we both feel loads better. We have more energy – and money.
“I wish I’d done it before.”
The couple are now saving up the money they would have spent on cigarettes to put towards their wedding fund.
Their specialist Lucy said it is never too late to stop smoking.
She added: “Sarah and Lee have done really well. They have been determined from day one to stop smoking for their own sake, as well as for their children’s.
“They noticed the benefits of becoming smoke-free very quickly, both physically and financially, and are now saving the money they would have spent on cigarettes for their wedding.”