Smokers are being encouraged to quit this No
Smoking Day (March 13) to feel the benefits of better health and to
reduce the risk of 16 types of cancer.
Fresh is running the Quit 16 campaign featuring the stories of
ex-smokers Maggie Bratton and Tony Osbourne in the run up to No
Smoking Day to highlight that smoking causes 16 types of cancer but
that quitting reduces the risks. People can visit www.Quit16.co.uk to get
Ailsa Rutter OBE, Director of Fresh, said: "There are so many
good reasons to quit smoking and it is too easy to put it off to
another day. No Smoking Day is a perfect time to quit when
thousands of other people will be stopping as well.
"Whether you are quitting on your own, with friends, work
colleagues or your partner, stopping is the best thing you can do
for your health, cutting your risks of heart disease, COPD and
cancer. Most people who quit feel much better and save hundreds if
not thousands of pounds a year.
"If you are just getting started or haven't tried to quit
for a while, there are more options than ever before - from
electronic cigarettes, to stop smoking medicines, and stop smoking
services. You can also ask your GP surgery or local pharmacies
about help to quit."
Dr Tony Branson, from the Northern Cancer Alliance, said: "Every
cigarette pumps harmful chemicals into the lungs, and around the
body. Many of these are known to damage DNA, stick to cells, harm
cell repair and cause cancer.
"Although treatment for many cancers has improved enormously,
many patients find it hard to speak clearly, swallow, eat or
function normally again.
"Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your
health and it is crucial to stop for good as soon as
Besides lung cancer, smoking also causes cancers of the mouth,
nasal cavities, pharynx and larynx, stomach, kidney, bowel, liver,
pancreas, cervix, bladder and ovaries, oesophagus and ureter, as
well as myeloid leukaemia.
For tips, details of local stop smoking support and free tools
to quit, visit http://quit16.co.uk/. Or ask at
your GP surgery or local pharmacy.
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