Sussex smokers urged to quit in New Year call

The Argus: Sussex smokers urged to quit in New Year call Sussex smokers urged to quit in New Year call

Smokers across Sussex are being urged to kick the habit in the New Year.

Public Health England’s Sussex and Surrey branch is backing the organisation's launch of the Smokefree Health Harms campaign.

The drive will highlight the impact and serious damage smoking causes the body.

Around one in five people across the county smoke but the number signing up to stop smoking courses is falling.


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Latest figures show about 14% of adults in Brighton and Hove smoke every day and 9% smoke occasionally.

A total of 3,529 in the city signed up to a course between April 2012 and the end of March compared to 4,129 over the same period the year before.

The city council recently announced it would be implementing the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control, which commits it to tackle the harm smoking causes to communities.

The Public Health England campaign highlights how there is a 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 into the bloodstream, finally damaging cells in the brain.

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Along with the heart and lungs, the brain is particularly vulnerable to these toxins, leading to a faster decline in functionality and an increased risk of stroke and dementia.

Research shows smokers are twice as likely to die from a stroke than non-smokers as it causes the arteries to narrow which, in turn, increases the likelihood of blood |clots.

Studies also suggest that smoking speeds cognitive decline in men and women, leading smokers to experience poorer memory and a greater decline in reasoning in later life.

The risk of dementia, along with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer are further increased when smoking is combined with any or all of heavy drinking, poor diet, lack of exercise and high blood pressure.

Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing for Public Health England, said: “More than eight million people smoke in England, and with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking-related disease, highlighting the unseen damaging effect smoking has on the body’s major organs provides a real motivation for people to stop.

“As well as the impact smoking has on the brain, smokers are also more likely to have a stroke, so this hard-hitting campaign will, I hope, help smokers consider quitting.”

For more details, visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree.

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7:38am Mon 30 Dec 13

Boloney-marshal says...

Some people genuinely enjoy smoking, let these people enjoy themselves and leave them alone. Smug electronic cigarette users are a pain, and very annoying to look at. They witter on about the product and bore proper smokers to death, wishing all along they could smoke real cigarettes with that satisfying nicotine relief. Who cares how much it costs the NHS

Why don't you make more of an effort to stop the blatant cigarette product placement advertising which happens in the corner shops of our soaps on TV?
Some people genuinely enjoy smoking, let these people enjoy themselves and leave them alone. Smug electronic cigarette users are a pain, and very annoying to look at. They witter on about the product and bore proper smokers to death, wishing all along they could smoke real cigarettes with that satisfying nicotine relief. Who cares how much it costs the NHS Why don't you make more of an effort to stop the blatant cigarette product placement advertising which happens in the corner shops of our soaps on TV? Boloney-marshal

10:58am Mon 30 Dec 13

gheese77 says...

Why does the government do this ? We have a financial crisis one of the cause of which is the large number of pensioners whose increased life expectancy means they have paid in less than they will take out placing an unfair financial burden upon the young. Instead we should be encouraging smoking and drinking (both heavily taxed pursuits) especially in the over 60's
Why does the government do this ? We have a financial crisis one of the cause of which is the large number of pensioners whose increased life expectancy means they have paid in less than they will take out placing an unfair financial burden upon the young. Instead we should be encouraging smoking and drinking (both heavily taxed pursuits) especially in the over 60's gheese77

11:57am Mon 30 Dec 13

jimpy762 says...

busybodies and interfering do gooders are urged to mind their own business I the new year...
busybodies and interfering do gooders are urged to mind their own business I the new year... jimpy762

12:53pm Mon 30 Dec 13

whoee! says...

I'm not a smoker but let people do what they enjoy,so many busy bodies interfering.Plus the Country would probably collapse without the huge amount of tax they pay on them.Happy New Year
I'm not a smoker but let people do what they enjoy,so many busy bodies interfering.Plus the Country would probably collapse without the huge amount of tax they pay on them.Happy New Year whoee!

9:59am Tue 31 Dec 13

Farouche says...

Bloody smokers! Expecting us, the decent taxpayers, to pay for their tracheotomies etc just because they insist on smoking themselves to death - despite the overwhelming evidence that it kills you slowly and expensively.
Bloody smokers! Expecting us, the decent taxpayers, to pay for their tracheotomies etc just because they insist on smoking themselves to death - despite the overwhelming evidence that it kills you slowly and expensively. Farouche

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