If you smoke, you've probably tried to quit before. But a new
campaign is warning at least 1 in every 2 long-term smokers will
die from a smoking related disease.
Smoking cuts around 10 years off a person's life on average and
causes 16 types of cancer, heart disease, dementia and stroke. The
more you smoke and longer you wait to quit the worse the risk…
But the good news is that quitting smoking at any age
dramatically reduces your risks and it is never too late to quit.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is supporting
the Don't be the 1 campaign from Fresh encouraging smokers all over
the North East to put their health and family first and make 2023
the year to stop smoking.
Quitting also puts money in your pocket
for household bills, fuel or food, or even a trip away. If you
smoke 10 a day, you could be spending nearly £40 a week and around
£1,600 a year.
While it can take a number of attempts to
successfully stop for good, there are lots of ways to stop which
can take a lot of the stress out of quitting.
Ailsa Rutter OBE, Director of Fresh and Balance, said: "It is
easy to under-estimate the health risks from smoking and put
quitting off to another time. However, even a few cigarettes
a day can cause cancer and heart disease.
"We are urging people to think about quitting for their
family. Too many people lose loved ones far too early. Make
2023 the year you quit smoking!"
Your chances are improved if you use a quitting aid or switching
completely to vaping to reduce cravings. Stop Smoking Services can
also help you develop a plan to help you stop for good.
Please visit the regional quit support website
FreshQuit.co.uk - a platform of support and advice with links
to local stop smoking services.
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital