Go smoke free in 2016

24 December 2015 in Health
Smokers whose New Year’s resolution is to kick the habit are being urged to take advantage of the free support provided by Newham Council.
The council is supporting Public Health England’s January stop smoking campaign which highlights the invisible damage every cigarette causes to the body, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

COPD is a collection of lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma and is mainly caused by smoking. The likelihood of developing it increases the more people smoke and the longer people have been smoking for, as it irritates and inflames the lungs which leads to scarring.

It causes about 30,000 deaths nationally each year, but severe COPD can usually be prevented by people making changes to their lifestyle. The most effective way for smokers to reduce the risk of developing the condition, is to stop smoking.

Over the last two years more than 5,800 residents have been supported with free help and advice provided by Newham Council. Anyone aged 12 and over living in the borough can receive one-to-one support. This includes an individually tailored treatment plan working towards a set quit date, access to NHS approved medications including nicotine replacement therapies like patches, gum and lozenges, and follow-ups for at least the first four weeks from quitting.

Some useful tips to help smokers in their efforts to quit smoking include:
  • Setting a date to stop smoking and sticking to it
  • Making plans for coping with stressful situations and times when you usually smoke
  • Try to put aside the money you would have spent on cigarettes each day and treat yourself with the money you have saved. Quitting could save people an estimated £270 a month – more than £3,200 a year
  • Use an NHS approved treatment or medication
  • Drink plenty of water or fruit juice.
Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health, said: “Quitting smoking is one of the most frequently made New Year resolutions – but through our free support we can turn this ambition into a reality.

“Smoking is a contributing factor in each of this borough’s biggest killers of heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease.

“Newham’s stop smoking services have helped thousands of people begin leading healthier lives through stubbing out the habit. There are advisers in nearly every pharmacy and at community drop-in services that will help residents enjoy a cigarette free future.”