Wakefield Council calls on smokers to become ‘proud quitters’

Date: 03/03/2015

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Smokers in the Wakefield district are being urged to give up the habit – and join an army of 'proud quitters' on No Smoking Day (March 11).

Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health, is encouraging people to take inspiration from a national campaign - where former smokers explain what motivated them to stop.

The Proud Quitters campaign run by the British Heart Foundation encourages people to take steps towards stopping smoking.

Smoking related diseases such as cancer and heart disease are the biggest causes of preventable illness and premature death in the Wakefield district.

Dr Furber said: "No Smoking Day provides a real focus each year for supporting those  who want to give up smoking. Giving up is one of the most positive decisions any one can make for their health."

"Just 20 minutes after stopping smoking the levels of harmful chemicals in the blood start to drop. And after ten years your risk of a heart attack will fall to that of a non-smoker."

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "It is very important that people are aware of the benefits of stopping smoking. So with No Smoking Day coming up on March 11, I would encourage anyone who is thinking of stopping smoking to take those first, vital, steps to giving up."

For more information on Proud Quitters see: https://nosmokingday.org.uk/i-want-to-quit/our-proud-quitters/

Help and advice on how to stop smoking can also be obtained from Yorkshire Smokefree. Visit http://wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/ or call 0800 612 0011 or 0330 660 1166.