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Campaign to kick the habit in 2014

Lifestyle / Tue 7th Jan 2014 at 10:07am

habitESSEX County Council (ECC) and health partners are backing the NHS England Smokefree Health Harms campaign this year.

NHS Smokefree is the national campaign for England, funded by Public Health England, providing motivation, information and support for smokers who want to quit.

County Councillor Ann Naylor, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable death and disease in England. The NHS Smokefree campaign highlights the devastating effects that smoking has on health, not just over a period of time but immediately. I would encourage anyone thinking about giving up smoking, to take the new year as an opportunity to do so.”

Every time you smoke, blood that’s thick and dirty with toxins, circulates through your body in seconds, which increase your chances of a heart attack or stroke.

As you smoke the poisons in the cigarette travel through your body in your blood and this does damage to the lungs, heart and brain.

Every 15 cigarettes you smoke will cause a mutation, which is how cancer starts.

It’s facts like this that show people how smoke damage is done immediately, not just over a period of time, which is exactly why NHS England want to encourage more people to kick the habit this year.

Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE), who provide 40 NHS community healthcare services across north Essex, will be promoting their free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) scheme during January – sign up at local pharmacies before 31 January to take part. They will also be outside Colchester Town Hall on 10 January to promote the free NRT scheme plus other clinics.

Provide, which covers Mid Essex, will be running a Healthy Living Video screen in High Chelmer, Chelmsford, this week (from 6 January) and will have face to face activity going on.

For more details about what is happening locally you can contact the provider in your area to find out more, contact details are available on the Essex County Council website.

There are plenty of resources from NHS Smokefree support, including face-to-face help and advice, the Smokefree app, Quit Kit, email and text programmes. Find out more at nhs.uk/smokefree. Get involved on Twitter with the hashtag #smokefree.

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