Smokers urged to quit in Northumberland
20 Sep 2021
At a time when staying healthy is even more important, smokers in Northumberland are being urged to take the step and give up cigarettes for good.
A recent report from Cancer UK showed the number of 18–34-year-olds who smoke in England increased by 25% in the first lockdown.
The pressures of coping with the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to have contributed to an increase in the number of people smoking cigarettes.
Liz Morgan, Director of Public Health at Northumberland County Council, said: “Quitting is one of the best things smokers can do for their health. Covid-19 is still with us and stopping smoking will reduce the likelihood of complications from COVID-19 as well as reducing the risk of getting other acute respiratory infections.”
Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of cancer and is known to cause at least 15 different cancer types. By stopping smoking, the lungs are given the chance to repair, meaning breathing becomes easier.
Councillor Wendy Pattison, cabinet member for adult wellbeing said: “It's never too late to quit. With the stop smoking challenge ‘Stoptober’ approaching, there is no better time to take the first step in quitting cigarettes for good and I would encourage people to take advantage of the range of free support available to them in Northumberland.
“Our local Stop Smoking Service can advise on different treatments and what to do to help prevent the cravings.”
Evidence shows that people are three times more likely to quit for good if they have support from their local NHS stop smoking service. Many people try to quit smoking with willpower alone, but it is much easier with the right help.
There are lots of support options available: