Hull City Council launches new stop-smoking campaign

Published: Tuesday 2nd February 2016 by KCFM

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Hull City Council hopes a new campaign will encourage more people to quit smoking after it emerged that the city has the second-highest adult smoking rate in the country.

There are around 63,000 adult smokers in Hull, while 40 people die in the city every month from smoking-related illnesses – but Hull City Council hopes the new initiative will help to create a smoke-free generation by 2025.

The council is highlighting the number of different cancers smoking can cause, such as 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.

Tim Fielding, Hull City Council deputy director of public health, said: “There is no avoiding the fact that there is absolutely direct links between smoking and a whole range of cancers and that is absolutely what this campaign is designed to do.

“It’s just to make sure that everybody is fully aware of those links and hopefully try to encourage some people to firstly not start in the first place, but if they are smoking, to try and do everything they can to cut down.

“What probably not as many people realise is quite the full range of cancers that it can also lead to. Obviously cancer is just one issue that smoking causes and there’s a whole range of other problems, things like asthma and other respiratory problems, things like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, huge ranges of problems.

“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.”

Councillor Helena Spencer, portfolio holder for public health, prevention and safeguarding adults, said: “Our ultimate goal is for the future for today’s children to be one where smoking is not a normal thing for people to do. Far too many people in this city are still either dying or losing loved ones unnecessarily.

“While this campaign certainly does not tread softly and many people will find it brutally honest, if it helps people make that decision to quit, then it will have done its job.

“Smoking is not sexy, it is not glamorous and it is not safe – it is dangerous and the sooner that message gets through, the better.”

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Published: Tuesday 2nd February 2016 by KCFM

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