A FAMILY in Matlock is leading the way in the campaign to stub out smoking after three generations have successfully kicked their habit this year.
Five members of the same family have managed to stay nicotine-free since for over three months, which a leading health chief has described as a “marvellous achievement”.
Julie, 43, and Robert Webster, 50, of Hirst Rise, and their 19-year-old daughter Paige, took the bold step after the teenager fell pregnant.
Their decision came after Julie’s parents, Sandra, 64, and Darrell Viner, 67, had ditched the costly addiction just after Christmas.
Julie said: “Me, my husband and Paige gave up eight weeks ago and the main reason has been Paige being pregnant. We didn’t want to bring the baby back to a house of smokers.
“Me and my husband were each smoking two 50-gramme pouches of tobacco a week and Paige was smoking up to 20 cigarettes a day, so it has been a big change for us all.
“The biggest difference for me has been finding more time on my hands. Now the weather is picking up, I’m getting out in the garden and doing lots of puzzles and crosswords. So I’m definitely doing more in the day.”
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And Julie added: “It’s also a lot better when I babysit for my other grandchildren, Tyler and Dylan, as I’m not nipping outside to smoke.”
Robert, who had smoked for 40 years said: “We have good days and bad days, but I never thought I would do it.”
The family say they their success has been made possible with help from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.
They have used nicotine patches and nicotine mouth sprays to beat their cravings, although they admit is has still been tough.
Julier continued: “I’ve been using the patches, they do help but you still want a cigarette. I hope there’s no going back – never say never – but I hope so, it’s hard to pack it in.”
Tina Jones, head of the Stop Smoking Service in Derbyshire, said: “This is a marvellous achievement by the whole family.
“It is no easy thing to do, especially when someone has smoked for a long time. But we know that people are up to four times more likely to succeed in giving up tobacco if they come to us for help and support than if they go it alone.
“I really hope this family’s success will inspire other families where several people smoke to think about giving up and having that extra incentive to help each other quit. We are here to help.”
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