Support to help smokers give up the habit

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Health officials have joined forces to encourage smokers to stub out the habit once and for all.

As part of No Smoking Day last Wednesday, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust became one of the first organisations to support a national drive calling for the NHS to work with local authority partners to reduce the harm caused by tobacco.

North Tyneside General Hospital respiratory consultant Dr Gbenga Afolabi was joined by Coun Lesley Spillard, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, to support the national NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control.

Dr Afolabi said: “We are very proud to be supporting the national drive for the NHS to work more closely with local authority partners.”

Coun Spillard said: “No Smoking Day is an excellent focal point for smokers who want to quit.”

“We hope that smokers will use the day to think about their health and take the first step to quitting by contacting our free Stop Smoking Service, or asking their GP or pharmacist.”

We are very proud to be supporting the national drive for the NHS to work more closely with local authority partners.

North Tyneside General Hospital respiratory consultant Dr Gbenga Afolabi

The NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control is a set of commitments made by local NHS organisations to tackle the harm caused by smoking.

To coincide with No Smoking Day, Northumbria Healthcare also launched a new ‘Stop before your op’ patient information leaflet which gives contact details for local stop smoking services as well as practical tips and hints to help people give up smoking before their treatment and beyond.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “Smoking is coming down – but it’s still our country’s number one killer.

“And it’s the single biggest medical reason why poorer people die sooner.

“Our job in the NHS is to help support the majority of smokers who want to quit and to help push for policies that prevent people getting hooked in the first place.

“That’s why the NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control is a great initiative – and why I encourage all NHS organisations to consider joining the 25 who are already leading the way.”