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Case study: Claire''s new year revolution.

AFTER numerous attempts to quit smoking, Radio City presenter Claire Morrow is determined that 2013 will be the year she stops the cigs for good.

Claire, 32, has enlisted the help of stop smoking advisor Amy Chadwick from Roy Castle FagEnds to help her kick the habit and has been sharing her experience with her supportive Radio City listeners.

She explains: "I first started smoking, when I was 17, due to peer pressure - all my friends were doing it.

"I wasn't a heavy smoker - a pack of 20 would last me two days - but I wanted to quit, mainly for my two-year-old daughter."

Claire reveals she was horrified when she found her little girl pretending to smoke a fag saying: "Look, I'm just like you, Mummy!" "It made me fill up and made me determined to quit," confides Claire.

Claire admits she has tried to stop before, unsuccessfully.

"I stopped when I was pregnant but I started again when my daughter was six months old." But she is finding it easier this time with Amy's support.

Claire explains: "Amy came in and asked me loads of questions about my smoking habit and asked me to blow into a carbon monoxide reader."

The reader, or 'Smokerlyser,' measures the levels of carbon monoxide in your breath. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas which prevents the blood taking up oxygen from the lungs.

"My initial reading was six (anything over five is high) but each time Amy has come to visit me it has come down and the last one was 1.1" Amy discussed Nicotine Replacement Therapy options with Claire, who says: "I have tried patches in the past but they haven't worked for me so I decided to try the Nicorette gum.

"The gum is icy fresh and minty and it's worked great. Every time I fancy a cigarette, I just pop one in my mouth and the craving goes. It works well when I'm out and about and it's now a substitute for my usual 'waiting for the bus fag.' "In the evenings, when I have put my daughter to bed, I puff on the inhalator, which keeps your hands busy. Pete Price showed me a mobile phone app too, which shows you how your body is repairing itself which is good."

Claire has almost cracked her habit but admits she has had the odd ciggie whilst out with friends.

" I find it so hard when I am out drinking," she reveals. "I have had the odd one when I've been out. But I went on a hen night last week and I managed not to have one. I am so proud of myself !" "The support has made so much difference. Blowing into the reader and seeing it come down spurs me on.

"My sense of smell and taste is starting to come back. Hangovers aren't as bad as I am not as dehydrated plus, I have noticed my clothes don't smell of fags after a night out which is a bonus!

"And I have noticed such a difference financially. I can spend the money on my daughter instead and we're going on holiday to the Algarve. I can't wait!" But if she does get tempted by the evil weed, Claire can rely on her listeners to keep her on the straight and narrow.

"I was out with some friends the other night and I was stood next to some of them who were smoking, and one of our listeners came over and said: 'Claire don't do it!'" She laughs.

. ? Find out how Claire is getting on at HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUITTING 20 minutes after stopping: Your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal. Circulation improves in hands and feet, making them warmer 8 hours after stopping: Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood will be cut by half and oxygen levels will return to normal. Chances of heart attack start to fall 24 hours after stopping: The level of carbon monoxide in your body will be that of a non-smoker and your lungs will start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris 48 hours after stopping: Your body is becoming free of nicotine and your sense of taste and smell is improving 72 hours after stopping: You should be breathing more easily. Airway passages in the lungs begin to relax. Energy levels increase 2-12 weeks after stopping: Your circulation is improving, making walking easier 3-9 months after stopping: Your lung function has increased by up to 10%. That means less coughing and wheezing and fewer breathing problems 5 years after stopping: Your risk of having a heart attack is halved 10 years after stopping: Your risk of contracting lung cancer is halved and your risk of having a heart attack is the same as if you'd never smoked


BREATHING EASY: Claire Morrow, left, from Radio City has given up smoking with the help of Roy Castle FagEnsa ANDLIVERPOOL PCT. She chats with Stop Smoking Advisor Amy Chadwick
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 21, 2013
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