Council backs hard-hitting anti-smoking campaign

Council backs hard-hitting anti-smoking campaign

Council backs hard-hitting anti-smoking campaign

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A HARD-HITTING campaign encouraging smokers to quit their habit has been backed by Buckinghamshire County Council.

The new Smokefree national advertising from Public Health England aims to show the damage that toxins from smoking do to the blood, lungs, heart and brain.

"It's never too late to quit smoking," confirms Director of Public Health for Buckinghamshire, Dr. Jane O’Grady. “Quitting smoking at any time is good for your health and wellbeing. As soon as you stop smoking, the health risks associated with the habit begin to reduce.

"After six months the risk of heart attack, cancer and other smoking related diseases begins to fall. After ten years the risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker, with the risk of heart attack around the same as someone who has never smoked at all."

Although many smokers have successfully quit in recent years, smoking remains the largest cause of preventable ill health and premature death. Around 600 smokers die each year as a result of their habit in Bucks.

“We know the harm that smoking can cause to individuals and their families," says Patricia Birchley, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Buckinghamshire County Council, "but we also know how we can help those who do smoke to make a positive change and quit.

"We have excellent smokefree support services in Buckinghamshire, and if smokers use these, they are four times more likely to quit than trying to do it alone. I'd like to appeal to smokers to get in touch with our local services and make 2014 the year that they act to stop their habit seriously damaging their health.”

The new Smokefree ad campaign seeks to reveal uncomfortable truths that show how smoking increased your chances of a heart attack or stroke, and that the toxins released can also affect the brain, leading to accelerated decline in memory and mental abilities later in life.

Contact the free Bucks smokefree support service by visiting smokescape.org, calling 0845 27 07 222 or emailing stopsmoking@buckshealthcare.nhs.uk

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2:01pm Fri 3 Jan 14

RNRDOCTOR says...

Just mind your own business and let other people live the way they want!
Just mind your own business and let other people live the way they want! RNRDOCTOR
  • Score: 3

7:18pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Robert.M says...

I am an ex 60-100 a day smoker, I stopped 3 years ago because I wanted to NOT because do gooders and family kept on at me, the more people kept on and badgered me the more I dug my heels in and kept on smoking.
I wish these do gooders would leave smokers and drinkers alone, they will stop in their own time as and when they want to, not because people keep on at them.
I am an ex 60-100 a day smoker, I stopped 3 years ago because I wanted to NOT because do gooders and family kept on at me, the more people kept on and badgered me the more I dug my heels in and kept on smoking. I wish these do gooders would leave smokers and drinkers alone, they will stop in their own time as and when they want to, not because people keep on at them. Robert.M
  • Score: 2

3:36pm Mon 6 Jan 14

legiopatrianostra says...

Robert.M wrote:
I am an ex 60-100 a day smoker, I stopped 3 years ago because I wanted to NOT because do gooders and family kept on at me, the more people kept on and badgered me the more I dug my heels in and kept on smoking.
I wish these do gooders would leave smokers and drinkers alone, they will stop in their own time as and when they want to, not because people keep on at them.
Yep, same here Robert, maybe Bucks CC should spend more resources dealing with the hideous amount of potholes in the County than sticking its oar in.
[quote][p][bold]Robert.M[/bold] wrote: I am an ex 60-100 a day smoker, I stopped 3 years ago because I wanted to NOT because do gooders and family kept on at me, the more people kept on and badgered me the more I dug my heels in and kept on smoking. I wish these do gooders would leave smokers and drinkers alone, they will stop in their own time as and when they want to, not because people keep on at them.[/p][/quote]Yep, same here Robert, maybe Bucks CC should spend more resources dealing with the hideous amount of potholes in the County than sticking its oar in. legiopatrianostra
  • Score: 3

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