Derbyshire smokers urged to quit as national campaign launches
Tuesday 10th January 2017 @ 14:21 by Adam Higgins
Derbyshire News

Smokers across Derbyshire are being urged to quit the habit as a new national campaign that shows the damage that cigarettes cause is launched.

Backed by Derbyshire County Council, Public Health England’s annual campaign highlights the damaging effect smoking has on the heart.

More than 16,500 people a year in England die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused by smoking – amounting to 45 people each day.

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.

Smoking increases the risk of heart disease by a quarter (24 per cent) and doubles the risk of heart attack or death from stroke.

Derbyshire saw a reduction in estimated adult smoking from 20.5 per cent in 2010 to 17.9 per cent in 2015 but the county council insist more can be done to bring the figure down further.

Cllr Dave Allen, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: “We’re pleased to see that the number of smokers in Derbyshire has fallen but we still have work to do.

“Smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in England, accounting for almost 78,000 deaths a year.

“For every death caused by smoking approximately 20 smokers suffer from a smoking-related illness.

“However, you can change this. Stopping smoking will have a dramatic positive impact on your health and the health of those around you, especially children, and is the single best health decision you can make this New Year.

“You are four times more likely to quit using a stop smoking service than by going it alone and we have a dedicated stop smoking service in Derbyshire that is on hand to help.”

The latest campaign from PHE coincides with the first year when all cigarettes sold in the UK will be in standard packs.

The packs, which will become law from May, feature graphic picture and text health warnings, several of which illustrate how smoking causes cardiovascular disease and death.

To get local help to quit smoking, you can visit Live Life Better Derbyshire at www.livelifebetterderbyshire.org.uk or call 01246 515550 or 0800 085 2299.

Alternatively, you can search ‘Smokefree’ online for free quitting support and tools.