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Push for York's Smokers to Quit


11:16am 29th December 2013

City of York Council is supporting Public Health England's new Smokefree Health Harms campaign, which launches today, highlighting the impact and serious damage smoking causes the body.

The new campaign, which includes a new tv advert, brings to life the toxic cycle of dirty blood caused by inhaling the dangerous chemicals in cigarettes, including arsenic and cyanide, flowing through the body and damaging major organs.The chemicals move through the heart, the lungs and bloodstream, finally damaging cells in the brain.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, City of York's Director of Health and Wellbeing said: " Smoking is responsible for the difference of life expectancy between the richest and the poorest of our city. This is a statistic which we can, and must, change".

Nationally two thirds of smokers want to quit the habit. North Yorkshire and York NHS Stop Smoking Service continue to run several smoking cessation sessions around the city throughout 2014, including in the council's West Offices every Tuesday from 3pm-7pm.

For more information on local sessions or advice to help you quit smoking contact the Stop Smoking Service on 0300 303 1603.

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