We are a region of quitters
12:00am 18th April 2011
Smokers stubbing out with help from NHS
Thousands of people across Yorkshire and the Humber region are continuing to give up smoking.
Figures released today show that 8,180 people successfully kicked the habit with help from NHS stop smoking services between October and December last year. The statistics, issued by the NHS Information Centre, also show that a further 15,314 people took the positive step of committing to give up by setting a quit date.
Regional director for public health at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, Paul Johnstone, said:
"This is great news, the more people who decide to give up the better.
"Giving up smoking can be difficult but these figures show that people are doing it every day and making a really positive impact on their long term health.
"Statistics show that people are four times more likely to quit for good if they use the NHS stop smoking service. These services do a tremendous job giving people information on the risks of smoking and offering lots of practical advice on how to give up."
The NHS Information Centre statistics also show that 6,293 people gave up smoking on their own. These figures are checked by carrying out a carbon monoxide test, which measures the quitter's level of tobacco use and validates their smoking status.
Smoking can lead to various cancers including lung cancer, oral cancer, stomach cancer as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and heart disease.
For information on your local NHS stop smoking services and to order your free NHS Quit Kit visit here or call 0800 022 4 332.
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