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Thurrock smokers urged to quit by health bosses

NHS THURROCK Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), new local leaders of the NHS, is urging its residents to take advantage of free NHS ‘Stop Smoking’ initiatives and schemes in the area in a bid to combat the worrying statistics in a report released by Public Health England this week.

The latest version of the local tobacco control profiles, published on 2 July 2013 by the London Knowledge and Intelligence Team on behalf of Public Health England, showed the extent of the health effects of smoking in England, and more worryingly, for Thurrock.

In Thurrock, smoking related deaths occur in almost 236 out of every 100,000 people. Thurrock residents also top the table in deaths from lung cancer, lung cancer registrations and smoking related hospital admissions in the East of England.

Research shows that smoking is the biggest single preventable cause of disease and premature death in the UK. One in two regular smokers is killed by tobacco – half dying before the age of 70.On average cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers.

Smoking is also a major risk factor for many diseases, such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, emphysema and heart disease.

Reducing smoking prevalence is a key health target for NHS Thurrock CCG, which is made up of GPs and plans health services for Thurrock residents.

The CCG is encouraging local residents to take advantage of stop smoking initiatives such as the national Smokefree homes and cars campaign that was launched last month. A key action of the campaign asked smokers to order their own smoke-free kit, which has facts, tools and tips to help them stop smoking for good. Order your Smokefree Kit at: www.smokefree.nhs.uk

Techniques for helping smokers to quit include behavioural support and pharmacotherapy such as nicotine replacement therapy. Research shows that a smoker who tries to stop with support from their local NHS stop smoking services is four times more likely to succeed than someone relying on willpower alone.

Stopping smoking reduces the risk of developing many fatal diseases. One year after stopping, the risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker. Within 15 years the risk falls to a level similar to that of a person who has never smoked. (*ASH)

Dr Andrea Atherton (Director of Public Health at Thurrock Council) said: “Stopping smoking not only makes you healthier, it can also protect the
health of those around you by not exposing them to second hand smoke. Thurrock CCG, Thurrock Council and other partners, are working in partnership through the Health and Wellbeing Board and have identified reducing smoking as a key priority.”

Dr Pro Mallik (Thurrock CCG GP lead for Health and Wellbeing) said: “We will continue to work with patients from the Thurrock population to reduce these statistics and poor health outcomes. We remain resolutely committed to helping people to quit, and understand how daunting it can be when thinking about quitting smoking, but free NHS services are available to help. Don’t forget evidence suggests you are four times more likely to successfully quit
smoking if you give up with support from NHS stop smoking services. Don’t be afraid to find out more about how the NHS help and support you to quit smoking.”

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