To coincide with the recently held World No Tobacco Day, people who smoke, vape or chew across Lancashire are being called on to kick the habit and live healthier lifestyles.
World No Tobacco Day, organised by the World Health Organisation, is an annual event held on 31 May and focuses on a different topic each year. The theme of this year’s event was encouraging countries to ensure tobacco products are packaged in plain packaging. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Quit Squad, funded by Lancashire County Council, has also been supporting the campaign by highlighting the harms of tobacco throughout the county.
According to the World Health Organisation, plain packaging can save lives and protect public health. This includes bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and introducing other packaging and labelling measures such as large graphic health warnings.
Julie Trezise, Quit Squad Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Every six seconds someone will die from tobacco-related illnesses. World No Tobacco Day is a good way to raise awareness of health risks and other issues associated with smoking. Previous years have focused on issues such as smoke free homes, the dangers of second-hand smoke and more taxes on tobacco products. Smoking causes a huge financial burden for people, for someone who smokes 20 cigarettes a day this can cost over £2,000 a year.
“As well as the financial burden, there are several health risks associated with smoking including stroke, heart disease and cancer so there are numerous benefits to stopping smoking. Accessing stop smoking services means you are four times more likely to quit for good than going it alone. The Quit Squad provides you with access to a variety of information and friendly support in a variety of settings including drop-in clinics or one to one sessions.”
In addition to drop-in clinics (for which no appointments are required) and one-to-one sessions, group sessions are also available. The Quit Squad also operates in Central, North, East and West Lancashire. For further details speak to your local service by ringing Freephone 0800 3286297, visiting www.quitsquad.nhs.uk, or following the Quit Squad on Twitter @LancashireCare #QuitSquad.
Find out more about World No Tobacco Day by visiting www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2016/en.