Builders’ merchant Jewson has teamed up with Cornwall Council’s Health Promotion Service to help labourers, electricians, plumbers and other manual workers take on the quit smoking challenge during this month’s Stoptober campaign.
Stop smoking advisors from the Health Promotion Service will visit branches including sites in Penzance, Redruth, St. Austell and Liskeard to help members of the public and employees quit or switch to vaping.
In Cornwall, 35% of people who smoke work in routine and manual roles – jobs such as building labourers, electricians, plumbers, and van drivers, with around 44,000 people in these jobs across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
Routine and manual workers are the group with the highest smoking prevalence in the UK.
Miriam Brenton, Stop Smoking team lead for Cornwall’s Health Promotion Service said: “It can be really hard to quit if you’re part of a team who stop for regular fag breaks. We can help provide advice on ways to tackle this, or you might like some information on vaping. Quitting isn’t easy, so this is about making it easy to find out what the first steps are and how you can get support. No judgement, just support.”
We’ve got five top tips for anyone thinking of switching or quitting:
· Set yourself a quit date in the near future
· Plan and prep – make sure you’ve bought vape products or nicotine replacement therapy
· Support – speak to our Stop Smoking Advisors. Also, let friends and family know so they can be supportive
· Plan distractions to avoid trigger times. So after dinner plan to do something straight away or as soon as you get up in the morning, brush your teeth so you’re not tempted to smoke
· If you’ve had a blip, that’s okay. Get back on plan as soon as possible and keep going.
Sessions are taking place:
Penzance 8:30-10:30 on Tuesday 24th October and 14:00-17:00 on Friday 27th October
Redruth 8:30-10:30 and 14:00-17:00 on Monday 23rd October
St. Austell 8:30-10:30 and 14:00-17:00 on Wednesday 25th October
Liskeard 8:30-10:30 on Thursday 19th October