Smoking stubbed out in Rotherham

Published Wednesday, 5th September 2018
Get Healthy Coach Angela Stevenson with Chris Johnson who has quit smoking
Angela Stevenson, Get Healthy Coach (Get Healthy Rotherham) and Chris Johnson, who has successfully completed a smoking cessation programme. Angela was Chris's dedicated Get Healthy Coach who supported him through the programme.

New figures released by Public Health England based on the Annual Population Survey have shown that more people in Rotherham are kicking their smoking habit .

There has been a 25 percent drop in the number of adult smokers since 2012.

The borough also has the lowest proportion of smokers in South Yorkshire [16.2%] and the highest rate of quitters [3,395 per 100,000] who have remained smoke free four week after quitting. Those in routine and manual occupations in Rotherham are 1.6 times more likely to smoke than those in other occupations, significantly less than the average 2.44 times for England.

Rotherham Council is working hard with Parkwood Health Care through the Get Healthy Rotherham programme, which delivers stop smoking services to people wishing to quit. They offer a range of face to face, phone and online options to provide tailored support, and Get Healthy Coaches offer support and motivation, along with free stop smoking medicines including Nicotine Replacement Therapy, to provide the best chance of success in quitting.

34-year-old Chris Johnson from East Dene quit earlier this year and already feels the benefits. He said: “I wanted to stop smoking as I was fed up of waking up every morning coughing and ending up with a chest infection every six months - I’d decided I’d had enough.

“I’m so pleased I’ve had the support from Get Healthy Rotherham, and as well as free nicotine patches and gum to help me quit, my advisor Angela was always there to give advice and encouragement at our weekly appointments. I’ve now been quit for over two months and I’m no longer coughing every morning, I feel more energetic, my skin and teeth look better and when I go out I’m no longer worrying where I can go to have a cigarette break.

“If you want to stop smoking, my advice is just go for it, there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain!”

When smokers quit, the improvement to their health begins straight away. Nicotine leaves the body within 48 hours, and taste and smell improves. After one year the risk of heart disease is about half compared with a person who is still smoking.

Councillor David Roche, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health and Chair of the Rotherham Tobacco Alliance, said: “I am pleased to see the trend in the number of smokers in Rotherham declining and the number of quitters increasing. This number demonstrates that giving up the habit is achievable, with plenty of options available to support quitters. This is great in helping work towards making Rotherham more smoke-free, and achieving the targets set out by the Government.”

For further information or to book an appointment please contact Get Healthy Rotherham.

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