Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging residents to make 2014 the year they quit smoking by taking advantage of free NHS Stop Smoking services and their local GP.
The CCG is supporting the latest hard hitting campaign from Public Health England, ‘Smokefree’, which is raising awareness of the harm smoking does to the body with new advertising that shows the damaging effect that toxins from smoking have on the blood, lungs, heart and brain.
Dr Amrit Takhar, clinical lead for coronary heart disease for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said, “Reducing death from coronary heart disease is one of the CCG’s key priorities for this region and the main causes of heart disease is smoking. Smoking can increase the smoker’s risk of more than 50 serious health conditions and remains one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK.
“We continue to work with patients across the region to help them quit smoking, and give them the support to remain smokefree. If you are thinking about stopping smoking, then visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree or book an appointment with your GP who can give you the advice and support your need to get started.”
NHS ‘Smokefree’ Stop Smoking services offer a wide range of free interactive services. From free ‘quit kits’, text, phone and email support, face-to-face support from specially trained advisors and mobile apps, ‘Smokefree’ helps smokers quit their way.
Dr Takhar added; “My own experience with patients is that many would like to stop but find it difficult as nicotine is a very addictive substance. I strongly encourage patients to get support from the local NHS Stop Smoking service as this increases your chances of quitting succesfully fourfold.”
Smoking causes damage to the heart and circulation and can increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, heart attack and stroke. It also causes about 90% of lung cancers and can also cause cancer to other parts of the body such as the throat, bladder, liver and stomach.
Smoking during pregnancy can put the unborn baby’s health at risk and can increase the chance of miscarriage, premature birth, a low birth weight baby or stillbirth. Children are also particularly affected by secondhand smoke because their bodies are still developing. Babies are at greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or cot death and children under five have an increased risk of chest infections.
For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree, @nhssmokefree or www.facebook.com/NHSSmokefree