THE British Heart Foundation is today urging Wigan’s cigarette addicts to secure the support of local stop smoking services to help them quit on this year’s No Smoking Day.
The latest figures show that 25 per cent of adults in Wigan smoke – which is higher than the national average of 20 per cent. Half of all long-term smokers die because of their addiction to tobacco, making this one of the most pressing health concerns in the area, according to the heart charity.
Latest figures also show that 80 per cent of Wigan people diagnosed with lung cancer will die from the condition.
Research from stop smoking services shows that smokers are four times more likely to be effective in quitting if they use specialist stop smoking support and treatment.
Dr Mike Knapton, BHF Associate Medical Director said: “Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health. Stubbing the cigarettes out will significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers and you’ll have more money to spend on things that you enjoy. We know that quitting isn’t easy but last year nearly a million smokers used No Smoking Day to try to mark the start of their smoke free future.
“We’re encouraging people to get support from their local stop smoking service now and join forces with other would-be quitters across the UK on March 12, to win the battle with cigarettes once and for all.”
Victoria Taylor, BHF Senior Heart Health Dietitian, said: “Some smoker’s feel they need to smoke to keep trim but contrary to the urban myth, you don’t have to consign yourself to an early grave in order to stay in control of your waistline.
“We’re encouraging people to start their own battle plan now by following our tips and filling their fridge and handbag with healthy snacks to help them ditch the cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day .”
and come out looking better than ever.”