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Smokers urged to make a fresh start for the year

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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SMOKERS in Burton are being urged to give up the habit in 2014 in the wake of a new campaign by Public Health England.

On average In Staffordshire over 19,000 people in every 100,000 smoke, according to Staffordshire County Council.

The figures comes as a hard-hitting public health campaign is launched, designed to highlight the dangerous chemicals in cigarettes and their effect on the brain.

County councillor Mark Sutton, cabinet support member for public health and community safety, said: “Research shows that people who can give up smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good.

“Half of all smokers die from smoking-related illnesses, so if you are thinking of giving up then why not make it a resolution?

“Not only is not smoking good for your health, but it also good for your family and friends who may breathe in the smoke.

“Smoking puts people at a higher risk of suffering from illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

“In Staffordshire, we are committed to supporting people live healthier lives and giving up smoking is something which really can make a difference to a person’s life.”

People who want help is to stop smoking can speak to NHS stop smoking advisers based at GP surgeries, pharmacies or clinics.

Evidence suggests that people who use this service are four times more likely to successfully stop smoking than by willpower alone.

Smoking also remains the nation’s biggest killer with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.

Along with the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year.

Smoking leads to a faster decline in functionality in the brain, increasing the risk of stroke and dementia.

To find your nearest NHS Stop Smoking Service, visit nhs.uk/smokefree or call 0300 111 8006.

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