More services needed to help Wisbech stop smoking

File photo dated 21/02/14 of a woman smoking, as a study suggested that smokers are around 70% more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than ex-smokers and non-smokers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 24, 2015. Researchers said quitting smoking could help people combat anxiety and depression and improve mental health as they found that levels of anxiety and depression reported by long-term ex-smokers were indistinguishable from people who have never smoked and were much lower than current smokers. See PA story HEALTH Smoking. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire PPP-150224-115308001
File photo dated 21/02/14 of a woman smoking, as a study suggested that smokers are around 70% more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than ex-smokers and non-smokers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 24, 2015. Researchers said quitting smoking could help people combat anxiety and depression and improve mental health as they found that levels of anxiety and depression reported by long-term ex-smokers were indistinguishable from people who have never smoked and were much lower than current smokers. See PA story HEALTH Smoking. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire PPP-150224-115308001
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A leading Fenland doctor is calling for more services to be put in place to help people quit smoking .

Dr Andrew Wordsworth, chairman of the Wisbech Local Commissioning Group, has spoken out after the town was revealed to have the highest level of smokers in the county.

He said: “Wisbech traditionally has had high levels of smokers.

“People seem to understand the dangers involved in smoking but are actively choosing to lead an unhealthy lifestyle.

“All of our GP practices across Wisbech offer smoking cessation services.

“Practices have smoking cessation advisors and personal health trainers, all of whom are happy to help smokers put in place a plan to support them to stop smoking.

“What seems to happen is that many people start smoking again for whatever their reason after they have completed their professional support programme.

“Despite all of this Wisbech practices have the highest number of patients across Cambridgeshire using the smoking cessation services and the highest number of people who are deemed to successfully quit after support.

“We need to ensure that services are in place to support anyone who needs help and support to stop smoking, and to work with our colleagues in Public Health and within Local Authorities to address some of the wider issues which impact on unhealthy lifestyles, such as deprivation and inequalities.”