Created by Danniella Houston, Senior Communications Officer
Recent figures show that around 21% of deaths and 4,400 hospital admissions each year in Wakefield are due to smoking-related illness.
In 2017/18 alone, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spent nearly half a million pounds treating pregnant women and babies in hospital for smoking related conditions.
This New Year, local health and social care organisations are encouraging Wakefield smokers to think about stopping smoking for good.
Dr Phillip Earnshaw, Chair at NHS Wakefield CCG and local GP, said: “Thinking about the reasons to quit is a brilliant way to motivate you to stop smoking.
“Smoking causes real harm to your body and to those people around you.
“Smoking is also expensive. On average, most people who quit save around £250 each month.
“You may also be thinking about stopping smoking for the health of your family - for example if you are trying for a baby, are pregnant or a parent.
“Whatever your situation, there is always a good reason to stop smoking and we have lots of free stop smoking services and support available both in Wakefield and on online.”
Professor Sean Duffy, Clinical Lead at West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance, said: “Lung cancer is our biggest cancer killer across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
“While smokers are not the only people to experience lung cancer, smoking cigarettes is the single biggest risk factor for the disease. It's responsible for more than 85% of all cases.
“If you smoke more than 25 cigarettes a day, you are 25 times more likely to get lung cancer than a non-smoker, but it’s important to remember that every single cigarette does devastating harm to a smoker’s body.
“Our vision as an Alliance is to have a smoke-free West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
"We are supporting local areas such as Wakefield to achieve this vision through dedicated programmes of work, whilst investing heavily in prevention, screening and awareness raising and focusing heavily on tobacco control.”
Find your nearest stop smoking clinic at: wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/clinics or visit the NHS Smokefree website for more information or to start your free Personal Quit Plan at: www.nhs.uk/smokefree.
Notes to editor:
For more information on smoking statistics in Wakefield, visit the Wakefield JSNA website here: www.wakefieldjsna.co.uk/adults-2/lifestyle-factors/smoking-in-adults/
For press enquiries, please contact the CCG’s Communication Team on email@example.com or on 01924 317684.
Public Health England’s Smokefree Health Harms campaign, now in its seventh year, is running throughout January 2019. The campaign continues to encourage smokers to stop smoking in the New Year, by highlighting the immediate personal harm every time a cigarette is smoked. Click here for more information.
The Smokefree campaign provides a great opportunity to boost quit attempts. Click here for more information.
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