TAMESIDE smokers are being urged to get help with their new year’s resolution to quit smoking, feel healthier and save money.
Be Well Tameside, a free specialist NHS service, is calling on the 38,700 people in Tameside who smoke to get support to improve their chances of quitting for good.
New data from Public Health England reveals that 45 people a day die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused by smoking - over 16,500 a year in England.
CVD includes all diseases of the heart and circulation - including heart attacks and strokes. The disease is one of the main causes of death and disability in the country and quitting has been identified as the single best thing a smoker can do to protect their heart.
CVD is usually associated with the build up of fatty deposits clogging up the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, that can block the flow of blood to vital organs and eventually cause fatal heart attacks and strokes. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease by a quarter (24%) and doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for health, said: “As an ex-smoker myself, I can say from personal experience that the benefits are many when you stop. It’s not easy - but the support that’s available really helps. You should never give up on trying to stop.”
Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Be Well Tameside Happe Hoque said: “If you currently smoke, quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health, and with all the extra free support there has never been a better time to take the next step on your quitting journey.
“Research shows that two thirds of smokers want to quit and our local service can help you to achieve this. We have a friendly service who offer free support and advice all year round to help you lead a healthier life. It doesn’t matter if you have tried before and it didn’t quite work out, you can access support as many times as you need.
“Don’t go through your quit journey alone. Join together with friends, family and colleagues to support each other through your quit attempt.”
Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of North West social enterprise Healthier Futures said: “New Year is a great opportunity to make a change and stop smoking for good. Quitting this January will immediately result in better health, including an improved 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.
“You are four times more likely to successfully stop with the help of your local stop smoking service which can offer you free support and advice. If you are thinking of making a change don’t delay, contact your local service and make 2017 the year that you make a change and put your health first.”