40-year Hull smoker urges others to kick the habit

Published: Wednesday 9th March 2016 by KCFM

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A Hull man who gave up smoking five weeks ago is urging others to kick the habit on National No Smoking Day (Wednesday, March 9).

Stephen Owst, who smoked for more than 40 years, admits it is a daily struggle to remain smoke-free but has noticed an immediate improvement in his health.

He said: “Short of breath, constant coughing, among all sorts of other things. I just realised I didn’t really want or need to smoke any more.

“A lot of it is down to willpower and you really need to want to stop. People often dive into stopping smoking, but they don’t actually want to do it. You need to want to stop.

“I’d had patches and various other things in the past, I tried everything and nothing really worked. So this time I tried the pills and this time it worked.

“For me, it’s making people realise the difference between the health benefits and the financial side of things. The difference is instant.”

Some 14 people are diagnosed with cancer due to smoking every week in East Yorkshire, while 40 Hull residents die from smoking-related illnesses every month.

Research has revealed that more than a quarter (26 per cent) of adults in Hull are smokers.

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Published: Wednesday 9th March 2016 by KCFM

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