Rotherham Council supports smokefree January campaign

Published Monday, 9th January 2017
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This New Year, Rotherham Council is supporting the new hard-hitting stop smoking campaign launched by Public Health England.

The January Health Harms smokefree campaign highlights the damaging effect smoking has on the heart, as it is revealed that 45 people a day die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused by smoking - over 16,500 a year in England. CVD includes all diseases of the heart and circulation - including heart attacks and strokes.

With CVD as one of the main causes of death and disability in Rotherham, quitting has been identified as the single best thing a smoker can do to protect their heart.

CVD is usually associated with the build-up of fatty deposits clogging up the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, that can block the flow of blood to vital organs and eventually cause fatal heart attacks and strokes. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease by a quarter (24 percent) and doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Yorkshire Smokefree will be joining the campaign by reminding smokers about the physical damage caused by smoking. The service is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of local authorities of which Rotherham is one.

Over the next month Stop Smoking advisors will be pointing out the immediate harm caused by every cigarette and making people aware of the invisible damage caused.

According to Public Health England’s annual population survey; the number of adults smoking in Rotherham dropped by nearly 5 percent between 2012 and 2015, and today 82 percent of adults in Rotherham are non-smokers.

Rotherham Council’s Director for Public Health, Teresa Roche said she was heartened by the fact that smoking rates in Rotherham and across South Yorkshire are at an all-time low since records began.

She said: “Rotherham is committed to working towards a smoke free generation by 2025 and supporting people to stop smoking remains a top priority, as it is one of the most important things anyone can do to improve their own health.

“We would encourage all smokers who want to quit, to contact their stop smoking specialist service, as evidence suggests you are four times more likely to quit with this method than you are when attempting to quit alone. It’s the combination of support and nicotine replacement therapy that is offered, which is the most effective way to help smokers quit for good.”

Top tips for quitting smoking in the New Year:

  • Start by contacting Rotherham’s local stop smoking service on 0800 612 0011(free from landlines) and 0330 660 1166 (free from mobiles), your local pharmacy or Yorkshire Smokefree
  • Reward yourself each time you achieve a small step towards reaching your goal, for example refusing a cigarette at a party or resisting the urge to light up after a stressful day
  • Try to gather support from friends and family – make sure you tell them about your aim to stop smoking. You never know, if they smoke too, they may even decide to quit with you
  • Remember the health benefits of quitting - are physical activities becoming easier, are your tastebuds improving?
  • Enjoy the financial savings – put the money you would normally spend on cigarettes into a jar and treat yourself when you reach a milestone
  • Keep a diary, it will help you to keep you track your progress and keep focused on achieving your goal
  • Stay motivated and most of all believe you can kick the habit.

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