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More than 250 people die from smoking in Bury every year
5:09pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
SMOKERS are being urged to kick the habit after Bury Council revealed more than 250 deaths are caused in the borough by tobacco each year.
Almost a quarter of Bury’s adult population are smokers, with the habit accounting for about 262 deaths among those aged 35 and over annually.
This month has seen the launch of national stop-smoking campaign Stoptober – which hopes to get as many people as possible to bin cigarettes for 28 days.
The council is supporting the Public Health England initiative and are hosting a range of events and activities to help people quit throughout the month.
Bury has an estimated 32,100 smokers which costs the authority around £50.1m every year through early deaths, illness, litter and fires associated with smoking.
Frances Carbery, health improvement specialist for the council, said: “One in two of all regular smokers is killed by tobacco.
“Smoking is still the main cause of preventable ill health and early death in England, and is the main reason for the gap in healthy life expectancy between rich and poor.”
The council’s smoking services are targeted towards areas and groups where there are higher rates of smoking, with smoking disproportionately affecting those who are unemployed or on lower incomes.
In the borough, around 34 per cent of those working in routine and manual jobs admit to smoking and tobacco use or the use of Shisha pipes.
In the first three months of this year, one third (31 per cent) of the people who accessed Bury Council’s stop smoking services worked in routine and manual jobs, were unemployed or had never worked.
Stoptober launched on Tuesday. Andrea Crossfield, chief executive of Tobacco Free Futures, said it was a great way to drive home the health and financial benefits of quitting smoking.
She said: “Those who stop smoking reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their second-hand smoke.”
Stoptober quitters will receive a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and daily tips for coping as well as support via text and social media.
A First Stop Health Bus will be at locations in the borough each Wednesday in October between 9.30am and 5pm to offer advice and support to stop smoking.
It will be at Prestwich Library next Wednesday, in Kay Gardens on October 16, Morrisons in Ramsbottom on October 23 and the Jinnah Centre in Bury on October 30.
It will also visit Fairfield Hospital, Bury, next Wednesday from 11.30am to 1pm, at Bury Light Night in the town centre from 6pm-9pm on October 11, and at the Elizabethan Suite in Bury Town Hall on October 25 from 10am to 12pm.
For more information, contact Bury Council’s stop smoking services on 0845 223 9001 or visit smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober
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