Sabden smoker quits 40-a-day habit after 50 years

Roger Kendall on holiday after he quit smoking with the NHS programme.
Roger Kendall on holiday after he quit smoking with the NHS programme.
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Ex-smoker Roger Kendall wants to let everyone know how the NHS helped him quit his 40-a-day habit.

His story is being used by 
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust as an example of how the Quit Squad has help even lifelong smokers to give up.

Roger (66), from Sabden, had smoked since he was 16 and had tried to quit.

When he retired he realised how much money he had wasted and decided to see the Quit Squad.

Roger said: “I visited the Quit Squad in August last year by booking a one-to-one session.

“From the first session they were very supportive and I found it really useful having someone there for support.

“I initially used a mouth spray then after three or four weeks I wasn’t using anything.”

Since he quit, Roger has saved the money he would have spent on cigarettes and bought a longbow for archery as a retirement hobby.

“I have no intention of starting smoking again now,” he said.

“As well as the financial benefits, I’ve also noticed that my breathing has greatly
 improved. I’m now able to go on walks and take deep breaths.

“I also notice my clothes smell better now I’m not smoking – I can’t believe how bad the smoke makes them smell!”

Julie Trezise, Quit Squad service manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “People are four times more likely to succeed in stopping smoking with expert help and advice than if they attempt it alone.”

l Weekly Quit Squad sessions are held at locations including Padiham, Burnley, Accrington, Colne and Nelson.

To find out more, see or call the Quit Squad free on 0800 328 6297.