Rotherham residents have taken to the big screen to celebrate being smoke-free and to encourage others to quit.
Seven ex-smokers took part in filming in order to help promote the work carried out by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Stop Smoking Service.
The ex-smokers filmed five-minute sections of footage which give a snapshot of their journey to becoming smoke free.
Grandmother Anne Maycock, aged 57 from Brinsworth, Rotherham, used to smoke between 35 and 40 cigarettes a day and decided to do the filming following her own success with quitting.
She commented: “I wanted to do the filming to encourage others to quit. Since quitting I have noticed improvements with my breathing and am not having to use asthma sprays as often. I am better off financially and have even treated myself to the odd bottle of perfume. I got a pat on the back from my five-year-old granddaughter who was very proud of me!”
Anne has been a non-smoker since May 2011 and added: “A high point of no longer being a smoker is going on holiday without being desperate to get off the plane for a smoke – it makes the flight a lot more relaxing!
“I would recommend the Rotherham NHS Stop Smoking Service to anyone wanting to quit. Their service is convenient, with a shop in the town centre, and the staff are smashing – they listen, give great advice and are there if I need them – I can’t fault them!”
Simon Lister, Service Manager of the Trust’s Stop Smoking Service, said: “We hope that the filming will strike a chord with smokers in Rotherham as it helps to outline some of the benefits and successes experienced by real people.
“Anyone who lives or works in Rotherham is able to use The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Stop Smoking Service and all clients attending our service are eligible to free nicotine patches and other products, saving them up to £180. Those wanting to quit can either pop into the ‘Quit-Stop’ on Bridgegate in the town centre, the Stop Smoking Centre at Rotherham Hospital, or call 01709 42 2444 for more information.”
The footage gathered during the filming will be used in GP surgeries across the borough in order to encourage others come forward and start their journey to being smoke free.