Smokers urged to quit for good this New Year

Published on: Wednesday, 06-January-2016

Knowsley Council is supporting Public Health England’s (PHE) New Year campaign and encouraging smokers to contact the borough’s stop smoking service and quit for good.

PHE’s new, national campaign highlights the debilitating nature of serious lung diseases, known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), for which smoking is the biggest preventable risk factor.
 
To highlight the impact of COPD, PHE has released a new short film featuring Olympian Iwan Thomas, whose mother has recently been diagnosed with the disease. Together with four smokers Iwan takes part in an experiment to illustrate the difficulties of living with advanced COPD and urges people to quit this New Year.
 
Research shows smokers are four times more likely to quit for good with expert advice, support and medication on prescription. Smokers in Knowsley looking to quit can contact our stop smoking service at www.readytostopsmoking.org.uk  or by calling 0800 3247111. Suggested steps for preparing to quit include:

  1. Contact Knowsley’s stop smoking service
  2. Set a quit date
  3. Tell family and friends you plan to quit to gain their support and help
  4. Anticipate and plan for challenges while quitting
    1. Think about how you may feel when you first quit but remember that this is temporary, no matter how powerful it feels at the time.
    2. Know your smoking triggers (specific people, places, or activities that make you feel like smoking) so you can learn to deal with them.
    3. Plan ahead and come up with a list of short activities you can do when you get a craving.
  5. Remove cigarettes and other tobacco from your home‚ car‚ and work

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said:

“I urge everyone in Knowsley that would like to quit smoking to use the New Year as a new start and become smokefree for good. Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and you don’t need to go through your quit journey alone. Our stop smoking is here to help you and you can also join together and quit with friends, family and colleagues to help you in your quit attempt.”
 
Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of North West social enterprise Tobacco Free Futures said: “This year’s national campaign highlights the difficulties of living with COPD, showing how the disease affects people’s ability to be able to carry out everyday activities. I hope that the video will motivate the 1.1million people that smoke across the North West to make a change this new year for a healthier future.
 
“Research shows that two thirds of smokers want to stop smoking and New Year is a great opportunity to make a change and quit for good. Quitting this January, either through free online support or through your local stop smoking service, will immediately result in health improvements including a better sense of smell, taste and more energy. Longer term, ex-smokers reduce their risk of stroke, heart disease and lung cancer, as well as protecting others from secondhand smoke. As well as improving your health, a 20-a-day smoker will save on average £250 a month. Don’t delay, make 2016 the year that you make a change and put your health first.”
 
If you would like to quit smoking contact Knowsley’s stop smoking service at
www.readytostopsmoking.org.uk or call 0800 3247111. Alternatively, search po.st/KnowsleyHH for the full range of free tools and support.