Stop Smoking

Stop Smoking

Our Approach

Our Stop Smoking Services take a unique approach to helping our members quit smoking. Rather than viewing smoking as a lifestyle choice, we recognise it as an addiction. This approach is based on the understanding that quitting smoking requires more than just a change in habits and mindset, but also a change in behaviour and the way individuals interact with nicotine. Our services aim to provide the tools and resources necessary to break the cycle of addiction and achieve long-term success.

In addition, we also offer personalised support for those who use alternative forms of tobacco, such as e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.

We are able to offer individualised support which sets us apart from other stop-smoking services. Our team of experts works closely with each individual to understand their unique needs and provide support tailored to their specific situation.

We are dedicated to helping our members achieve their goal of quitting smoking for good.

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Award Winning

Last year, we helped nearly 8.000 people quit smoking, which translated to a 65% quit rate across all services.

In October 2021, our Wirral Stop Smoking service was recognised nationally as the number one service in the country supporting members to stop smoking, followed by the Smoke-Free Sefton service in third place.

Support For All

Most of our services offer support for those 12+. We make the process as easy as possible with appointments available face-to-face, over the phone or online.

We also have specific engagement programmes which are specifically designed to reach out to various segments of the population who may be at a higher risk of smoking or nicotine use. 

This includes pregnant women, who may require additional support during their pregnancy to quit smoking and ensure a healthy outcome for both mother and baby. 

We also target young people and aim to educate them on the dangers of smoking and prevent them from taking up the habit.

We recognise that certain groups of individuals, such as routine and manual workers, may have a higher rate of smoking therefore we make sure our programmes are as accessible as possible. 

Additionally, we are aware of the specific challenges faced by vulnerable migrant communities such as South Asian, African, Caribbean, Roma, and Traveller communities, and offer culturally appropriate support to address their unique needs. Lastly, we offer engagement programs for people with long-term medical and/or mental health conditions, who may require additional support to quit smoking and manage their overall health and wellness. Our goal is to reach out to as many individuals as possible and provide them with the tools and resources they need to quit smoking and live a healthier life.

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Mark’s Proven Weight-Loss Journey: How He Transformed His Life

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Meet Mark Gent. His starting weight was around 37 stone and he had been diagnosed with diabetes. Since then, he’s lost over half his body weight and is now volunteering with ABL Health as a peer supporter to help others lead a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s Mark’s story:

“I had been overweight all my life and last year found out I’d had diabetes for up to four years and had no idea. I decided not to take insulin but instead to manage the condition with a diet instead. I lost nearly six stone by cutting my sugar intake down to 40 grams a day and was weighing everything before I ate it.

“Then, I joined Your Health Oldham’s scheme. The programme was exactly right. The advice was great – it’s not about dieting, it’s about what you eat. Now, I love raw food and don’t eat anything processed. I think my taste has completely changed. If I eat scampi now, the batter just tastes like slime!

“When I was 13 I was hit by a double-decker bus and spent three years in hospital. I injured my whole right leg and lower back in the accident and it is painful for me to walk. Choose to Change taught me that you can do exercise with virtually no mobility, and now I cycle and do weights.

“It was the perfect way for me to go and now I’m 17 stone and at 6ft 2 inches that’s not too bad! Before I was falling asleep all the time and now it’s like I have woken up. Everything has changed – I feel like a teenager with too much energy – and my blood sugar levels are really healthy as well.

“Some people will use anything as an excuse not to lose weight but the only excuse is yourself. There is no magical cure, you’ve got to listen to the advice even if you only take in part of it. The support I’ve had has been invaluable. I got so much from the course and it’s time to give something back so I’ve become a peer supporter to offer inspiration to others wanting to improve their lives.”