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  • Posted Sep 8, 2020

    How Emma quit smoking

    By Polly Durrant

    Emma was motivated to quit smoking, she just needed life to settle down first. Despite a series of personal challenges, Emma decided to take a leap of faith and commit to better health and better habits

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  • Posted Aug 17, 2020

    Jilly's story

    By Matt Fisher

    Poole-based Grandma Jilly was in denial and ignored her GP's warning about pre-diabetes. The inevitable type two diabetes diagnosis was the kick start she needed. This is her story.

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  • Posted Jun 3, 2020

    Carola's switched to vape

    By Matt Fisher

    Weymouth-based mum Carola, smoked 20 cigarettes per day for 12 years. Three times she quit and un-quit. She used lockdown as an opportunity to switch the cigarettes for vape. This is her story.

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  • Posted Apr 28, 2020

    Alex quit smoking for COVID

    By Matt Fisher

    Exeter University student Alex returned to his parents Dorset home when lockdown started. Three weeks later and he is a non-smoker. There’s never been a better time to quit smoking. No matter how long you’ve smoked, if you give up smoking you’ll reduce your risk of developing a range of diseases.

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  • Posted Jan 31, 2020

    Dave's story

    By Matt Fisher

    This programme was just the right springboard I needed. I’m in my late fifties with a desk job and I guess a few too unhealthy habits had set in.

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  • Posted Dec 5, 2019

    Nicola's story

    By Matt Fisher

    It happened when I was at home on my own, I just passed out. I didn't even think a stroke was on the cards for me! I ended up in hospital for five days.

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