Cornwall’s stop smoking service the most used in the South West

More than 4,500 people have been supported by Healthy Cornwall to quit smoking in the last year - the highest number across the South West.

This no smoking day we’re encouraging even more people across Cornwall to give up the habit.

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There are around 66,500 smokers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, costing Cornwall approximately £121million every year.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the UK and is greater in number than the next five causes combined. Each year in Cornwall there are approximately 1,000 smoking related deaths.

Cllr Sally Hawken cabinet member for Public Health said: “Helping people to lead healthier lives is one of Cornwall Council priorities. One of the best things a smoker can do to improve their health is quit or switch.

“Quitting isn’t just good for you, it’s good for everyone around you. It reduces the amount of second hand smoke in your home, but also means you could live longer and spend more time with your loved ones.”

Miriam Brenton Healthy Cornwall Stop Smoking manager added: “Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to prolong your life. You may have tried to quit on your own before, but getting support really is the best way to do it, there are different products to try and we can give you individual advice to make sure you get the best possible chance to stay smoke free for good”.

5 top tips for quitting or switching:

  1. Set yourself a date – either at the end of your next packet, or set a date you think you can stick to
  2. Sign up for face to face help - If you’re thinking about switching by vaping or quitting, Healthy Cornwall can help. Getting one to one support with an advisor means you’re four times more likely to quit for good, and it’s much better than going it alone.
  3. Be prepared – think about what you might need instead, if you’re switching to vaping choose your product or think about what you might need to change in your routine
  4. Tell your friends and family – it will be much easier with their support too, so if they’re smokers, ask them not to tempt you
  5. If you light up after you have promised yourself you will stop – don’t give up. Tomorrow is another day. Make a resolution that tomorrow you will quit for good.

If you want to get support call Healthy Cornwall on 01209 615600 or visit www.healthycornwall.org.uk

Posted on March 13, 2019