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seeking support can increase the chances of success by up to 4 times!

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A pack of 20 cigarettes on average costs £6 If you smoke 1 pack a day your weekly amount spent on cigarettes is £42 This totals to £2184 a year Couldn’t you think of better ways to spend your money? I can....... Keep up with the latest fashion Go out with your mates Go on holiday Get a new phone Smoking a packet a day costs around £2200 a year 44 pairs of £50 shoes.

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Northumberland Stop Smoking Service - 01670 813 135 NHS Free Smoking Helpline - 0800 022 4332 www.nhs.uk www.smokefree.nhs.uk www.gasp.org.uk

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Lauren, 16, Innocent Trouble

Jess, 15, Innocent Trouble

I smoked for 4 years and realised the effects it was having on my health. I began to lose my breath easily and began to have a sore throat. Smoking also meant that I spent approximately ÂŁ12 per week on cigarettes and had no money for the things I really wanted like clothes and CDs etc. I finally made my decision to get help to stop so I and a group of friends got together at the Cramlington Youth Project.

We got help and support from smoking advisors who helped us first by telling us to cut down. After a few weeks we were having 1 tab a day and this was the time where nicotine substitutes were introduced. We then set a date where all the people in the group would stop, so we would be able to support each other and do it together. We decided to stop in the holidays so that we could take our minds off cigarettes, unlike if we were at school, we would think about cigarettes when we were bored. Having support helps also.

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This booklet was produced over a two day residential by the young people pictured below. They were from across Northumberland and were working in partnership with Northumberland Care Trust helping to improve access to health services for young people. The young people involved felt that there was no real young person-friendly stop smoking booklet available so decided to create one themselves.

STOP! May 2011

For info email raymond.wood@northumberlandcaretrust.nhs.uk

STOP  

Design of no smoking booklet originally designed by and for young people.