Local people in Tameside and Glossop are being encouraged to quit smoking as part of their New Year's resolution
Tameside Council in partnership with NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group are backing Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership's 'exsmoker' campaign, which features former smokers from the local area sharing their experiences to inspire others to stop smoking.
In Tameside there are around 476 smoking related deaths each year.
Stewart from Tameside said "I quit for myself. I only managed by owning that decision. I'm not going back. I'm an ex-smoker."
When people smoke, the poisons from the tar in their cigarettes enter their blood steam. These poisons make a person's blood thicker and increase the chance of clot formation; they increase blood pressure and heart rate, making the heart work harder than normal; they narrow arteries, reducing the amount of oxygen rich blood circulating to organs. Together, these changes increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.
Tameside Council Executive Member for health, Cllr Eleanor Wills, said "Stopping smoking will not only be of great benefit to your overall health and wellbeing but it will save you thousands of pounds.
"It is possible to stop – as many ex-smokers can testify – and there is a lot of support available for you to help you to quit."
No matter what the situation, people can stop smoking. It can be hard but there are many ways to successfully quit, even if people have tried and failed before. Visit YouCanGM.org website, that links to the GM Health Hub website, and the Greater Manchester Stop Smoking Helpline 0300 123 1044. These can link smokers to:
- Local face-to-face support and advice through specialist stop smoking services, pharmacies and their GP.
- Stop smoking aids such as nicotine replacement therapies (like patches, gum and sprays), prescription stop-smoking medications, e-cigarettes/vapes and information on how to use these.
- Ongoing expert advice and support via the Stop Smoking Helpline, with a trained adviser offering regular calls for up to twelve weeks.
- Apps and digital support to help smokers quit and stay smokefree.
Start the New Year off to a healthier and happier you, smelling and feeling fresh for the year ahead.