Smokers urged to quit as figures show nearly 1,000 deaths in region over two years

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 January 2018

SmokeFree has launched its new television advertising campaign.

SmokeFree has launched its new television advertising campaign.

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Almost 1,000 people died from a smoking-related illness in North Somerset from 2014-2016, according to Public Health England (PHE) figures.

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The statistics for the two-year period, the latest available, have been released ahead of the launch of a new Smokefree television advert urging the seven million smokers in England to seek help to quit.

Support and advice service Smokefree is hoping the figures will encourage more smokers to quit the habit in 2018.

Smokefree service lead at North Somerset Council Chris Miles said: “There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke which lead to many types of cancer, cardiovascular disease and lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“Smoking still kills 100,000 people a year in the UK but the good news is that help is available.

“Smokefree North Somerset offers a friendly, non-judgmental service and offers the most effective way to stop smoking.

“It can take a number of tiems to quit so if you’ve tried before but still smoke, maybe the next quit attempt will be the time you succeed.”

Despite the figures, PHE revealed in July that the number of people smoking in North Somerset has fallen by 4.5 per cent in the past five years.

Across the South West more than 25,000 people died of causes related to smoking while more than 55,000 were hospitalised – one every 10 minutes.

But this has dropped from a high of 26,023 smoking-related deaths in 2013-2015.

PHE health and wellbeing lead Russ Moody said: “Smoking is a deadly habit.

“Our new TV ad shows how every cigarette sends a flood of poisonous chemicals through the bloodstream in seconds.

“We are urging every smoker in the South West to take advantage of the free Smokefree support and quit for good this new year.”

Smokefree North Somerset provides a 12-week course of advice to users.

The service has 250 trained advisors based at pharmacies, GP surgeries and community venues across the district.

For more information on Smokefree North Somerset, call 01275 546744, click here or email smokefree@n-somerset.gov.uk

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