Somerset smokers encouraged to give up in 2014

Chard & Ilminster News: Somerset smokers encouraged to give up in 2014 Somerset smokers encouraged to give up in 2014

SOMERSET’S 81,000 smokers are being encouraged to make a New Year’s resolution to give up cigarettes.

While 19% of people in the county smoke – below the national average – there are still 850 smoking-related deaths a year.

Stewart Brock, Somerset County Council’s lead public health specialist on stopping smoking says: “Many New Year detox plans don’t have any scientific back-up, but giving up smoking is proven to improve your health and your life expectancy.

“If you stop smoking now, you’ll have younger looking skin due to more oxygen in your body, whiter teeth and fresher breath and by the end of 2014 you’ll be less stressed, your life expectancy will have increased and your risk of heart attack halved.

“Build in some exercise and eat well and you will be much healthier and look a whole lot better by this time next year.”

For information on how to quit, speak to your doctor, pharmacy, local NHS stop smoking service - for details go to www.nhs.uk/smokefree

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1:11pm Fri 20 Dec 13

heather147 says...

I think it's about time we stopped wasting time and money trying to get smokers to give up. I am not a smoker myself but the smoking ban came in several years ago. This would have been a good opportunity to give it up. If people are still smoking now then it's obviously because they don't want to give it up. Putting messages on packs, putting cigarettes in plain packs, etc, etc, etc, is not going to stop people smoking. They will give up if and when they want to.

There's only one real way of giving up - don't buy cigarettes! (although I know it is not as easy as that).
I think it's about time we stopped wasting time and money trying to get smokers to give up. I am not a smoker myself but the smoking ban came in several years ago. This would have been a good opportunity to give it up. If people are still smoking now then it's obviously because they don't want to give it up. Putting messages on packs, putting cigarettes in plain packs, etc, etc, etc, is not going to stop people smoking. They will give up if and when they want to. There's only one real way of giving up - don't buy cigarettes! (although I know it is not as easy as that). heather147

7:01pm Fri 20 Dec 13

mgm2001 says...

I started smoking behind the bike sheds at school 50+ years ago. It was an all boys' school. Maybe if I had gone to a mixed school my time behind the bike sheds would have taught me other things and have been more enjoyable !
I started smoking behind the bike sheds at school 50+ years ago. It was an all boys' school. Maybe if I had gone to a mixed school my time behind the bike sheds would have taught me other things and have been more enjoyable ! mgm2001

11:36pm Fri 20 Dec 13

academy says...

Such a lot of money is wasted on adverts and publicity on the dangers of smoking, and whst it costs the NHS. A few years ago it was said the NHS spent more on dealing with sports injuries than caring for dying smokers, but I don't see people being urged to give up sport in the new year!
Such a lot of money is wasted on adverts and publicity on the dangers of smoking, and whst it costs the NHS. A few years ago it was said the NHS spent more on dealing with sports injuries than caring for dying smokers, but I don't see people being urged to give up sport in the new year! academy

1:35pm Sat 21 Dec 13

susan 2003 says...

If all the smokers gave the habit up the government would be moaning the haven't any money coming in from taxes it raises , so they would just tax something else
If all the smokers gave the habit up the government would be moaning the haven't any money coming in from taxes it raises , so they would just tax something else susan 2003

6:47pm Mon 23 Dec 13

dafearnley2 says...

mgm2001 wrote:
I started smoking behind the bike sheds at school 50+ years ago. It was an all boys' school. Maybe if I had gone to a mixed school my time behind the bike sheds would have taught me other things and have been more enjoyable !
LMAO!
[quote][p][bold]mgm2001[/bold] wrote: I started smoking behind the bike sheds at school 50+ years ago. It was an all boys' school. Maybe if I had gone to a mixed school my time behind the bike sheds would have taught me other things and have been more enjoyable ![/p][/quote]LMAO! dafearnley2

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