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Treating smokers prompts nurse to quit habit

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Years of helping patients suffering with smoking related diseases has seen Bradford nurse Julie Tucker quit the cigarettes for good.

Ms Tucker, who works as a healthcare assistant for a district nursing team, started smoking when she was 11. After smoking 20-30 cigarettes a day for 41 years, Julie finally decided it was time to quit for good.

She said: “As a nurse, I couldn’t really practice what I was preaching. I have seen people with lung cancer, throat cancer and people with part of their tongues missing.

“Having seen the devastation cigarettes can do to people’s health and well being, I decided that enough was enough and thought it was about time I gave up.”

Ms Tucker quit in June and said:  “Since I stopped smoking, a whole new world has opened up for me. I don’t have to worry about smelling like an old ashtray, my clothes don’t have that odour of tobacco on them anymore, my skin has improved, my purse always has money in it, and I feel fitter than I have ever done.”

Ms Tucker is now in with a chance of winning a holiday after entering her story in the search for inspirational quitters across the UK for the European Smoke Free Awards 2009.

Are you a nurse who has helped smokers quit cigarettes? Or do you know someone who has been inspirational in helping people stop smoking? Click here to find out how you could win a trip to Barcelona.


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