A decade after the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces in England, health professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are highlighting the health benefits that the ban has had and encouraging people who smoke to quit altogether with help from the Quit Squad.
Smokefree laws were introduced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2007 and in Scotland in 2006. Ten years on, the ban has resulted in significant health benefits and changes in behaviour and attitudes towards smoking.
Phil Gooden from the Quit Squad said: “Since the ban, smoking has become increasingly frowned upon as people better understand the impact of smoking on their own health and also on the health of those around them. This is supported by research that suggests 76% of people feel that the law banning smoking in the workplace has been good for their own health.
“A number of recent studies have found clear evidence that the benefits of the 2007 smoking ban are already being seen following with reduced deaths, improved respiratory health and improved health of newborns. There are also reports of a 40% reduction in heart attacks since 2007. NHS data suggests that there is a clear association between the smoking ban and a decreased rate of hospital admissions for heart attack.”
Smoking is the single largest cause of premature death and preventable ill health in England and one in two long term smokers die prematurely as a result of smoking. People who experience a mental health problem have a reduced life expectancy of around 10 to 20 years, and 70% of these deaths were as a result of smoking related illness.
As a health and wellbeing provider, Lancashire Care has also been at the forefront of NHS organisations in introducing a smokefree policy that bans the use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, at all of its sites, both indoors and outdoors.
The Quit Squad operates across Lancashire. People can access the service within the community by visiting a drop-in clinic for which no appointments are required or by attending a one-to-one session. The Quit Squad also offers sessions, including workplace training, in the community and workplace. For details telephone 0800 3286297 or visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk.