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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Smoking remains biggest killer in Cumbria

TOBACCO is still the biggest cause of death in Cumbria, according to a health watchdog.

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Public Health England has launched a new campaign, Smokefree, aimed at highlighting the damage caused by smoking.

According to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, smokers in Cumbria are twice as likely to die from a stroke than non-smokers.

Figures show one in five people in Cumbria smoke.

Dr Jane Rossini, Centre Director for the Cumbria and Lancashire PHE Centre said: “We know about the serious effect smoking has on the heart and lungs but smokers need to be aware of how much potential damage is being done to the brain and other vital organs through toxins in cigarettes entering the blood.

“Smoking is the major cause of premature death, with one in two smokers dying prematurely from smoking related diseases, and it is extremely worrying that people still underestimate the health harms associated with it. However, it is not all doom and gloom for smokers looking to quit this New Year.

“Within five years of stopping smoking, your risk of stroke can be reduced to the same as a lifetime non-smoker.”

The new campaign goes live today with support, advice and a range of tools available for anyone looking to stop smoking.

Anyone looking to quit the habit can visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree to receive free support tools and find details of where they can get professional advice through their local NHS stop smoking service.

Have your say

Ayiesha Emms:
Reading your post I can’t help but get a sense of incredible naivety on your part. Tobacco is big business, governments worldwide extort huge tax benefits from it. It is legal and whilst it is a cash cow it will always be so. Ask yourself a question: If smoking is so bad why doesn’t the Government simply ban the stuff? Answer: money, nothing more, nothing less, and we are talking Billions here.
Save your time and energy, you are being used to pay lip service to the evils of tobacco and also to temper the consciousness’s of business men and government officials. Instead, as a kid go out and enjoy your life as on this issue you will get absolutely nowhere and only end up being accused of poking your nose in where it is not wanted. I guarantee in about ten years’ time (when you have grown up a bit and become a little more wise to life) you’ll look back at what you tried to do and roll your eyes at how you wasted your time and even humiliated yourself.
Remember it’s you against hundreds of billions in profit to be made. Do you really believe you stand a chance?

Posted by Mike on 3 January 2014 at 07:29

This is disturbing to read. Just think that it does not necisarily mean it is just older people dying from the result of smoking a number of years, this could include young people too. Age has nothing to do with health and no one is too young to have a stroke or heart/respiratory problems.

I have done a lot of campaigning work with a action group called Smoke And Mirrors of which I am a Youth Ambassador who are funded by Tobacco Free Futures and we aim to educate children and young people about the dangers of the tobacco industry. This article is just a prime example of how much the industry is exploiting people to take up smoking and thinking of clever ways to draw new smokers in to help replace the profits they lose when somebody dies who did smoke.

There will always be people who smoke and that is their choice, free world and all that but it is clear that more needs to be done to help prevent more tobacco related deaths.

Posted by Ayiesha Emms on 2 January 2014 at 16:04

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