STOP SMOKING: Quit facilitators David Entermann, Reg Harris and David Hall.
STOP SMOKING: Quit facilitators David Entermann, Reg Harris and David Hall. contributed

Trio on a mission to help smokers butt out

FOR many cigarette smokers the thought of quitting is daunting and evokes anticipatory grief, as the chemical and psychological hooks are real.

The Stanthorpe registered nurses from the Seventh-day Adventist Church say they have seen it all before.

Reg Harris, the veteran of the trio, ran some of the first 5 Day Plan to Stop Smoking groups in the country.

"That was over 50 years ago. In the 1960s everybody smoked, and people came in their hundreds,” Mr Harris said.

David Hall, a local nursing identity, is passionate about people taking control of their health and knowing that anyone can quit.

"If people are prepared to take action and seek support, they can break free,” Mr Hall said.

"Otherwise they can stall and keep putting it off for the rest of their lives.”

David Entermann, who is the lead convenor and has worked in both mental health and the drug and alcohol fields, said recent decades had brought better understanding of psychology of dependence in smokers.

"With this knowledge, of how nicotine acts on the brain and how the brain's reward circuits reinforce the smoking behaviour, simple strategies can be put in place to outsmart cigarettes,” he said.

With more than 100 years of experience between them of running quit-smoking groups, the trio will run an information session tonight.

Smokers are invited to the session at 7pm tonight at the Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall at 240 Caves Rd, Stanthorpe.