Let’s work towards a tobacco-free Hull

Published: Wednesday 31st May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Today is World No Tobacco Day, so there’s no better time to quit the ciggies.

Running weekly sessions in community venues throughout the city, Smokefree Hull stop smoking service has helped thousands of smokers since its establishment in the late 1990s.

We got in touch with Matthew Croshaw, Corporate Public Relations Manager at City Health Care Partnership, to find out how they are working towards a tobacco-free Hull.

“Our main aim is to help people to stop smoking,” Matthew tells us. “We’re able to provide free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to those who want it, which includes patches, lozenges, gums and even some medications that can curb cravings.”

In the Hull and East Riding area, close to 30% of the adult population smokes, with the average in some wards nearing 50%. Quashing the habit can bring about a plethora of benefits. These include an increase in energy and improved circulation. Furthermore, when you stop, your lungs will function better, and after a decade your risk of lung cancer will fall drastically.

“If you try to quit on your own, you’re more likely to start up again when the going gets tough,” Matthew explains. “However, with us, you can come in and talk about different options if you feel like the current plan isn’t working for you.”

We all know that kicking a habit is tricky. But with help from Smokefree Hull, you have a higher chance of staying away from cigarettes. This is because when you combine NRT with professional support, you are an incredible four times more likely to successfully quit:

“We have clinics all around the area, primarily in medical centres and GP surgeries. We’re easily accessible, so if someone is having a stressful day and tempted to smoke, we can support them.”

“Often it’s a case of avoiding or changing situations where you would usually reach for a cigarette,” Matthew continues. “You may be used to having a coffee and a cig in the morning. Simply switching the hot drink with an orange juice can help you break the cycle.”

Another incentive to quit is the carbon monoxide readings that Smokefree provide:

“The less you smoke, the more the amount of carbon monoxide in your body will decrease. Eventually, your oxygen levels will begin to return to normal and the poisonous gas will be eliminated.

“Seeing that your reading has come down is really encouraging. It shows that your efforts are gradually working for you.”

In the meantime, if you need an incentive to initially cut down your nicotine intake, look no further than the Smokefree Cost Calculator. This simple test adds up how much money you will save if you kick the habit.

According to the NHS, half of all long-term smokers die early from associated diseases. This includes heart disease, chronic bronchitis and various cancers. Nevertheless, they maintain that it is never too late to quit. Being tobacco-free adds years to your life and dramatically raises your living standards in old age.

You can get free help and advice with Smokefree Hull by calling 01482 247111 or by texting LUNGS to 61825.

Meanwhile, we recommend that you find out more information about the services provided by City Health Care Partnership.

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Published: Wednesday 31st May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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  • Ken Metcalf

    We can as adult decide for ourselves if we want to quit. For many years the money from cig tax has kept the NHS and other services going. So stop with the pressure i dont want to quit and wont, stop putting cig prices up and ignoring the fact that alcohol is what fills the A+E departments on a weekend and the tax on alcohol only goes up slightly how is this fair.

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