Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Quit Squad is supporting the World Health Organisation’s campaign which takes place on 31 May. Each year the campaign focuses on a different topic and this year is encouraging governments across the world to increase taxes on tobacco products. The World Health Organisation estimates that by increasing tobacco taxes by 50% all countries would reduce the number of smokers by 49 million within the next 3 years and save approximately 11 million lives.
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 the banning of advertising. 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.”
For more information about the Quit Squad and how to access the service please visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk or call Freephone 0800 328 6297. You can find out more about World No Tobacco Day by visiting www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2014