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Heavy smoker and county councillor quits smoking with local support

Surrey County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Health has completed her 28 day stop smoking challenge, and vows to quit smoking for good.

Alison Griffiths shared her stop smoking journey through a series of honest vlogs, sharing her struggles, motivation and support tips, to inspire others to take part in the challenge and stub out smoking for good.

The vlogs saw Alison confess to smoking three cigarettes rather than what would have been over 840 during the 28 days, but watched her learn by her mistakes and continue her journey, with support from One You Surrey, the local stop smoking service.

Alison said: “I am so proud of myself and feel so much better for being smoke-free. I have been a heavy smoker for 30 years, smoking 20 – 30 cigarettes a day, so to have only had three cigarettes in 28 days, is a real achievement for me.

“The biggest benefit has been to my mental health, it has given me a huge lift in my self-esteem as I now feel that I am able to accomplish anything I put my mind to and I feel great.”

The county councillor noticed many health benefits which includes a healthier blood pressure, a large increase in her overall fitness levels and her breathing has greatly improved. She also reported a much greater sense of smell and taste as well as saving over £280.

Alison adds: “The support from One You Surrey has been outstanding. If anyone is considering stopping smoking, I’d recommend they get in touch with the service. It’s free to anyone living in Surrey, offers a personalised plan and one-to-one support and talking from experience, this service really works!

“Initially I was sceptical, but the team at One You Surrey have helped me realise my own potential, and even with a few hiccups along the way, I’m determined to quit smoking for good and will be signing up to another challenge to keep the momentum going.”

The service is available all year round and offers residents the opportunity to take on a 28 Day Challenge at a time that suits them. Research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good.

You can watch her vlogs and find out more at 




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