Every Week 14 people from East Riding area discover they have cancer caused by smoking.
This Stop Smoking Day 9 March 2016 the East Riding Stop Smoking Service will be available to offer immediate guidance support and behaviour change to ensure your kick the habit for good, with over 30 clinics available across East Riding in a location close to you we can ensure you get the right support to make the right choices in kicking the habit’
While most smokers know about the link between smoking and lung cancer, many people do not realise that smoking is linked with not one but 16 different cancers, including cancers of the mouth, nasal cavities, pharynx and larynx, stomach, kidney, bowel, liver, pancreas, ureter, oesophagus, cervix, bladder and ovaries as well as myeloid leukaemia.
Quit16 is a hard-hitting campaign that highlights the 16 cancers associated with smoking and asks people to quit. It is the first region-wide anti-smoking campaign that includes advertising on television and online, by local tobacco control alliances, collaborating as Breathe 2025, and supported by Cancer Research UK.
It is based on a campaign first developed and run in Australia in 2014 by the Cancer Council Western Australia, with 74% of smokers who saw it seriously considering quitting and 20% discussing quitting with a health professional as a result.
Yorkshire and the Humber has the highest adult smoking rates in the country, with 20% of adults still smoking.
The campaign launched today, Monday 1 February, and runs throughout the month. The campaign website is www.QUIT16.co.uk.
Natalie Belt Service Manager said:
‘The films and message are brutally honest; there are 16 cancers caused by smoking. Some will kill you quickly, others more slowly and it’s you and your family that have to live through it. Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do to reduce the risk that one of those deaths will be you.”
“Quitting isn’t easy but there is lots of help out there from face to face support to personalised texts, emails and apps. You can find out details of support near you on our website Quit16.co.uk.”
Laurie Ferguson (Public Health Manager, ERYC) said:
“We want to make sure the next generation of children born and brought up in East Riding, never start smoking and grow up free of the terrible health harms associated with tobacco. If you smoke, trying to quit is a great way to help make that happen.”
Natalie Belt – East Riding Service Manager
“Many people are aware of the link between smoking and lung cancer but many are unaware that it’s linked to many other cancers as well, including mouth, bowel and bladder cancer and they think it won’t happen to me – it does.”
“The best thing smokers can do is give up – for their own health as well as their friends’ and family’s. Quitting can be extremely difficult, but it greatly reduces the risk of smoking-related cancers, as well as other illness such as heart and lung disease.”
“For those who are ready to give up, local Stop Smoking Services are the best place to start. The earlier you stop smoking the better but it’s never too late to quit, remember when you smoke so does everyone around you.”
If you want support or advice on how to quit please call 0800 9177752 or text us QUIT to 60163 TODAY and take advantage of your local immediate friendly healthtrainer service.
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