Smokers urged to quit as figures show the impact of ‘deadly habit’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 January 2018

Smoking deaths graphic

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Almost 1,000 people died from a smoking-related illness in North Somerset from 2014-2016, according to Public Health England (PHE) figures.

SmokeFree has launched its new television advertising campaign.SmokeFree has launched its new television advertising campaign.

The statistics for the two-year period, the latest available, have been released ahead of the launch of a new television advert urging the seven million smokers in England to seek help to quit from Smokefree.

Support and advice service Smokefree is hoping the figures will encourage more smokers to quit the habit in 2018.

Smokefree service lead at North Somerset Council Chris Miles said: “There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke which lead to many types of cancer, cardiovascular disease and lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“Smoking still kills 100,000 people a year in the UK but the good news is that help is available.

“Smokefree North Somerset offers a friendly, non-judgmental service and offers the 
most effective way to stop smoking.

“It can take a number of times to quit so if you’ve tried before but still smoke, maybe the next quit attempt will be the time you succeed.”

Across the South West more than 25,000 people died of causes related to smoking while more than 55,000 were hospitalised – one every 10 minutes.

PHE health and wellbeing lead Russ Moody said: “Smoking is a deadly habit.

“Our new TV ad shows how every cigarette sends a flood of poisonous chemicals through the bloodstream in seconds.

“We are urging every smoker in the South West to take advantage of the free Smokefree support and quit for good this new year.”

Smokefree North Somerset provides a variety of ways for people to access its service.

A drop-in service at Tesco in Station Road is held from 6-7.30pm on Wednesdays while a stop smoking group also meets from 1-2pm at the Baptist 
church in Bristol Road on Wednesdays.

Health trainers are at the town hall in Walliscote Grove Road from 10am to noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at the For All Healthy Living Centre from 9am-5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For more information on Smokefree North Somerset, call 01275 546744 or click here.

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