Free leisure passes for quitters

File photo dated 25/06/07 of a cigarette being smoked. Motivational text messages sent to smokers' mobile phones can double their chances of giving up tobacco, a study has found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 30, 2011. The 'txt2stop' trial tested the effects of inspirational text messages designed to encourage quitting on almost 3,000 smokers. Participants were twice as likely to banish their habit as another group sent texts unrelated to smoking. The text messages, designed by experts with the help of smokers, provided encouragement up to 'quit day', advice on keeping off weight while quitting, and help with craving. One example read: 'This is it! - QUIT DAY, throw away all your fags. TODAY is the start of being QUIT forever, you can do it!'  Another, focusing on craving, read: 'Cravings last less than five minutes on average. To help distract yourself, try sipping a drink slowly until the craving is over.' The randomly selected smokers in the programme received five text messages a day
File photo dated 25/06/07 of a cigarette being smoked. Motivational text messages sent to smokers' mobile phones can double their chances of giving up tobacco, a study has found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 30, 2011. The 'txt2stop' trial tested the effects of inspirational text messages designed to encourage quitting on almost 3,000 smokers. Participants were twice as likely to banish their habit as another group sent texts unrelated to smoking. The text messages, designed by experts with the help of smokers, provided encouragement up to 'quit day', advice on keeping off weight while quitting, and help with craving. One example read: 'This is it! - QUIT DAY, throw away all your fags. TODAY is the start of being QUIT forever, you can do it!' Another, focusing on craving, read: 'Cravings last less than five minutes on average. To help distract yourself, try sipping a drink slowly until the craving is over.' The randomly selected smokers in the programme received five text messages a day
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SMOKERS in Sheffield are being offered free leisure centre passes as reward for quitting cigarettes.

More than one in five adults in Sheffield – 21.5 per cent – smoke, despite public health campaigns.

The habit costs the city economy around £94 million a year in NHS treatment, smoking-related sick days and cigarette breaks, The Star revealed on Tuesday.

Claire Holden, who runs the Sheffield Quit Stop on Charles Street in the city centre, said around 70 per cent of smokers want to quit – but are much more likely to be successful with professional help.

Now, as an incentive, her centre is offering people who stub out the habit within four weeks a free one-month Sheffield International Venues leisure pass.

Passes to be used at swimming pools and gyms at Ponds Forge, Hillsborough, Corcord, EIS Sheffield and Don Valley Stadium will go to the first 80 people who set a quit date and successfully stop smoking in four weeks with support from a Quit Stop adviser.

The Quit Stop, which runs a free drop-in service for anyone to speak to a trained smoking adviser, will open until 5.30pm on Thursdays in January Usually the centre closes at 4.45pm during the week, with a 7pm late service on Wednesdays and a 9.30am to 12.30pm service on Saturday.

Ms Holden said: “People are four times more likely to stop smoking with the help of their local NHS stop smoking service, which can provide motivation and help to get on the right track.

“We hope the flexible opening hours of our Quit Stop will make it even easier for people to stop smoking this year.”

n Call Sheffield Stop Smoking Service helpline free on 0800 068 4490, log on to www.sheffieldstopsmoking.org.uk or call into the Quit Stop on Charles Street.