Mum from Blackburn launches stop smoking campaign

Sam Madden and Bobby-Jo Martin

Sam Madden and Bobby-Jo Martin

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A MOTHER-OF-TWO is helping to launch a new campaign to encourage people to stop smoking.

Bobby-Jo Martin, 22, said she was inspired to kick the habit after falling pregnant with her third child and now wants to help people achieve what she has.

She and her 24-year-old partner Sam Madden are now part of a new campaign which is set to launch across Lancashire today showcasing successful quitters and their personal stories.

Bobby-Jo, from the Bank Top area of Blackburn, said: “I really didn’t want to keep smoking during my pregnancy or cause any harm to my unborn child or to my other two young children.

“I have tried to quit before and this time Sam and I quit together.

“If we can do it, so can you.”

There are more than 28,000 smokers in Blackburn with Darwen alone with an estimated cost to society of over £46million per year.

In 2009, there were 256 smoking related deaths in Blackburn with Darwen.

The aim of the new quit campaign is to inspire smokers to give up for good by telling real-life stories of people who have managed to stop.

Research shows that smokers who try to quit with the help of an NHS Stop Smoking Service are four times more likely to succeed than those who try to quit on their own.

A 20-a-day smoker will also save £1,500 if she quits throughout pregnancy.

Andrea Crossfield, director of Tobacco Free Futures said: “We have high hopes for the new local campaign to help even more people to quit this year.

“Local NHS Stop Smoking Services can really make all the difference for a smoker quitting for good.

“Many people want to quit but are put off for various reasons such as lack of support, failing to quit in the past, or just because they feel too stressed to try and quit.

“The local NHS Stop Smoking Services in Lancashire offer a brilliant support network making it more likely you’ll quit for good this time.”

To find out more about services available, visit letsquitlancashire.co.uk or text ‘Quit’ to 600 70.

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7:36pm Mon 11 Feb 13

M Foster says...

LT - you seems to be getting more and more selective about what article you allow comment on these days. Can't have any on anything too controversial allowing people to let off steam. The closing of the English cafe in Barrowford is yet another. Why stop comment, are they getting too close to the mark?
LT - you seems to be getting more and more selective about what article you allow comment on these days. Can't have any on anything too controversial allowing people to let off steam. The closing of the English cafe in Barrowford is yet another. Why stop comment, are they getting too close to the mark? M Foster
  • Score: 3

7:53pm Mon 11 Feb 13

buckoff says...

I think its time the government went one step further and banned it in public places. I gave up 12 months ago but had to stop going into town to avoid having to walk through a cloud of smoke at the entrance to the Mall.
I think its time the government went one step further and banned it in public places. I gave up 12 months ago but had to stop going into town to avoid having to walk through a cloud of smoke at the entrance to the Mall. buckoff
  • Score: 4

11:05pm Mon 11 Feb 13

sickofthisrubbish says...

i dont know about smoking campaign, but i do think morons shouldnt breed! , and thay should keep there noes out of other peoples lives. what ever happend to the freedom to choose?.
China is more liberal than this country as become. go away love we dont care, people like you, screwed this place up.
( look at me iam so great )poping kids out with no provison for their future.
living in hopes that there kids are supper smart and they do well when there older?. They should stop breeding that will save, wast in the NHS ( 266 millon on babies) , Dont forget kids grow up and become selfish greedy people.
Ive payed my taxes and ill do what i like when i like and muppits like this should be put down, with all the clowns that agree with them! .....
i dont know about smoking campaign, but i do think morons shouldnt breed! , and thay should keep there noes out of other peoples lives. what ever happend to the freedom to choose?. China is more liberal than this country as become. go away love we dont care, people like you, screwed this place up. ( look at me iam so great )poping kids out with no provison for their future. living in hopes that there kids are supper smart and they do well when there older?. They should stop breeding that will save, wast in the NHS ( 266 millon on babies) , Dont forget kids grow up and become selfish greedy people. Ive payed my taxes and ill do what i like when i like and muppits like this should be put down, with all the clowns that agree with them! ..... sickofthisrubbish
  • Score: 5

4:20am Tue 12 Feb 13

Stuart Farquar says...

sickofthisrubbish wrote:
i dont know about smoking campaign, but i do think morons shouldnt breed! , and thay should keep there noes out of other peoples lives. what ever happend to the freedom to choose?. China is more liberal than this country as become. go away love we dont care, people like you, screwed this place up. ( look at me iam so great )poping kids out with no provison for their future. living in hopes that there kids are supper smart and they do well when there older?. They should stop breeding that will save, wast in the NHS ( 266 millon on babies) , Dont forget kids grow up and become selfish greedy people. Ive payed my taxes and ill do what i like when i like and muppits like this should be put down, with all the clowns that agree with them! .....
Well said ! ... Gambling is now the new smoking.
[quote][p][bold]sickofthisrubbish[/bold] wrote: i dont know about smoking campaign, but i do think morons shouldnt breed! , and thay should keep there noes out of other peoples lives. what ever happend to the freedom to choose?. China is more liberal than this country as become. go away love we dont care, people like you, screwed this place up. ( look at me iam so great )poping kids out with no provison for their future. living in hopes that there kids are supper smart and they do well when there older?. They should stop breeding that will save, wast in the NHS ( 266 millon on babies) , Dont forget kids grow up and become selfish greedy people. Ive payed my taxes and ill do what i like when i like and muppits like this should be put down, with all the clowns that agree with them! .....[/p][/quote]Well said ! ... Gambling is now the new smoking. Stuart Farquar
  • Score: 5

7:28am Tue 12 Feb 13

BuckoTheMoose says...

buckoff wrote:
I think its time the government went one step further and banned it in public places. I gave up 12 months ago but had to stop going into town to avoid having to walk through a cloud of smoke at the entrance to the Mall.
A cloud of smoke? And this is from an ex smoker? Where's my tiny violin?

I'm sure a little wisp of smoke, which is all it is, is no inconvenience to you. Man up.
[quote][p][bold]buckoff[/bold] wrote: I think its time the government went one step further and banned it in public places. I gave up 12 months ago but had to stop going into town to avoid having to walk through a cloud of smoke at the entrance to the Mall.[/p][/quote]A cloud of smoke? And this is from an ex smoker? Where's my tiny violin? I'm sure a little wisp of smoke, which is all it is, is no inconvenience to you. Man up. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 4

12:06pm Tue 12 Feb 13

noddy57 says...

smoking kills,,anyone with even a tiny brain knows this, also smoking stinks,,and the smokers stink,l used to smoke roll ups for 25 years,,thats probably why l didnt smell too goo, you smokers who cant quit and who want to,,have no willpower,,but on the other hand if you enjoy smoking and you dont want to give up why should you have to ?its freedom of choice and always should be,,
smoking kills,,anyone with even a tiny brain knows this, also smoking stinks,,and the smokers stink,l used to smoke roll ups for 25 years,,thats probably why l didnt smell too goo, you smokers who cant quit and who want to,,have no willpower,,but on the other hand if you enjoy smoking and you dont want to give up why should you have to ?its freedom of choice and always should be,, noddy57
  • Score: -1

2:14pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Major Tom says...

The government should ban smoking completely. It serves no purpose and is a massive drain on NHS resources.
The government should ban smoking completely. It serves no purpose and is a massive drain on NHS resources. Major Tom
  • Score: -4

4:01pm Tue 12 Feb 13

easypeasy says...

sickofthisrubbish wrote:
i dont know about smoking campaign, but i do think morons shouldnt breed! , and thay should keep there noes out of other peoples lives. what ever happend to the freedom to choose?.
China is more liberal than this country as become. go away love we dont care, people like you, screwed this place up.
( look at me iam so great )poping kids out with no provison for their future.
living in hopes that there kids are supper smart and they do well when there older?. They should stop breeding that will save, wast in the NHS ( 266 millon on babies) , Dont forget kids grow up and become selfish greedy people.
Ive payed my taxes and ill do what i like when i like and muppits like this should be put down, with all the clowns that agree with them! .....
totally agree but alas my last post regarding this ginger moron was removed. He is a well known criminal who actually robbed a member of my family so trying to portray them as a loving family DONT MAKE ME LAUGH.
This is not made up but was proven guilty in court.
[quote][p][bold]sickofthisrubbish[/bold] wrote: i dont know about smoking campaign, but i do think morons shouldnt breed! , and thay should keep there noes out of other peoples lives. what ever happend to the freedom to choose?. China is more liberal than this country as become. go away love we dont care, people like you, screwed this place up. ( look at me iam so great )poping kids out with no provison for their future. living in hopes that there kids are supper smart and they do well when there older?. They should stop breeding that will save, wast in the NHS ( 266 millon on babies) , Dont forget kids grow up and become selfish greedy people. Ive payed my taxes and ill do what i like when i like and muppits like this should be put down, with all the clowns that agree with them! .....[/p][/quote]totally agree but alas my last post regarding this ginger moron was removed. He is a well known criminal who actually robbed a member of my family so trying to portray them as a loving family DONT MAKE ME LAUGH. This is not made up but was proven guilty in court. easypeasy
  • Score: 7

6:54pm Tue 12 Feb 13

childrenareagift says...

i think this is fantastic :) lovely couple
i think this is fantastic :) lovely couple childrenareagift
  • Score: -7

9:37pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Stuart Farquar says...

Carry on building your own prison for your kids HaHa
Carry on building your own prison for your kids HaHa Stuart Farquar
  • Score: 1

7:37am Wed 13 Feb 13

BuckoTheMoose says...

Major Tom wrote:
The government should ban smoking completely. It serves no purpose and is a massive drain on NHS resources.
Not everything we do for enjoyment has to serve a purpose, It's our money and we can spend it on what we like.

Also, smokers don't drain the NHS, we pay for it.

Nearly 3 billion to treat smoking related diseases, nearly twelve billion in tobacco tax.

If smoking was banned you would probably have to get private healthcare
[quote][p][bold]Major Tom[/bold] wrote: The government should ban smoking completely. It serves no purpose and is a massive drain on NHS resources.[/p][/quote]Not everything we do for enjoyment has to serve a purpose, It's our money and we can spend it on what we like. Also, smokers don't drain the NHS, we pay for it. Nearly 3 billion to treat smoking related diseases, nearly twelve billion in tobacco tax. If smoking was banned you would probably have to get private healthcare BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 3

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