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Celeb Trying To Quit Smoking: Doctor Christian and Ecigs on Daytime TV

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Coleen Nolan, a member of the once famous Nolan Sisters and now a host on ITV’s daytime show ‘Loose Women’, spoke out about her experience with the NHS’ Health Check scheme and her attempts to quit traditional tobacco cigarettes. Dr Christian, TV celebrity doctor was on hand and is an outspoken advocate of vaping.

Before her explanation of her struggle to switch away from her smoking addiction, Dr Christian informed the celebrity that she was three stone overweight, which drew tears of disbelief. This despite the fact that she’d attributed her weight-related leg pain to arthritis or bone cancer.

“I promised to stop smoking back in February and I still haven’t managed it,” Nolan said. “But it’s hard. I just can’t stop. I definitely can’t quit cold turkey so I think my only option is to switch onto e-cigs, but they all seem too strong for me.”

She claims to have tried vaping but you have to wonder what she bought: “I smoke ultra-low fags, and when I take a drag out of an e-cig I cough my chest up. I did manage to quit years ago. I used patches and stopped for nine months, but me and my ex Shane started having problems. I lit my mate’s cig for her and that was it. I went out and bought 20, and I was back on them.”

She blames the apparent strength of her electronic cigarettes for rendering her unable to use them to quit – even though millions have successfully done so.

“I’m a proper smoker, too. It’s not as if I’m a social smoker. I don’t have to be with anyone to smoke and I don’t even drink. It’s a habit and I find it such a struggle to stop. I realise it’s doable though. So many people I know have done it and I’m full of admiration for them. So schemes, adverts and government-run things must work for some people. But at the minute I just don’t have the willpower.”

POTV says to Coleen: Don’t quit trying to quit. E-cigs are available in a range of flavour and strengths. In fact, the most popular trend in vaping at the moment involves using very low strength liquids and zero nicotine. We have written to her management company offering advice and support.

The truth is out there. Not only has the Royal College of Physicians thrown its weight behind vaping as a harm reduction strategy but there is a growing body of evidence to prove ecigs work as quit tools. “People who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to be able to quit the habit, and doctors should be recommending the devices, according to a new report by a leading body of doctors,” writes the Burton Mail.

They go on to quote Graham Edkins, who manages the ECig emporium, saying: "I was very pleased with what the Royal College of Physicians said. It was exactly what we have been saying for quite a long time. Without e-cigarettes, people find it extremely hard to quit, so for me these are literally lifesavers."

Our forum is full of members willing to offer advice if you need help finding devices or liquids to help you quit.

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Dave Cross

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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