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Smoking

It's now against the law to smoke in almost every enclosed public space in the UK. This includes:

  • cafes and restaurants
  • shopping centres
  • railway stations

England went smokefree on 1 July 2007

There is also a Tobacco Control Strategy 1.35 MB PDF File  for Tameside which is led by the health service.

Second Hand (passive) smoking

Passive smoking is breathing in second-hand tobacco smoke from the air. Less than three out of 10 adults smoke but nearly everyone at times is breathing in secondary smoke.

To find out more information on passive smoking take a look at the NHS Smokefree information Link to External Website.

There is also information in different South Asian languages available on  Smoke Free North West Link to External Website.

 If you have children or you are around children take a look at the Take 7 Steps Out Link to External Website campaign on ways you can protect them from secondhand smoke.

The effects / impacts of smoking

The short-term effects of smoking include:

  • Gum disease and bad breath
  • Becoming more susceptibility to colds and flu
  • Stained fingers
  • Clothes and hair smelling of smoke

Long-term effects include:

  • At high risk from getting mouth and throat cancer
  • Poor circulation in arms and legs

Benefits of stopping smoking

There is many benefits of stopping smoking Go Smokefree Link to External Website lists a few. You can also order a free quit pack Link to External Website to start you off.

NHS Choices Link to External Website list ten health benefits when you stop smoking.

Help with quitting

If you have decided to give it a go and quit there are a number of things you could do.

Tameside and Glossop PCT have a Stop Smoking Service that offers free local support.

The NHS runs a smoking helpline and they can give you advice if you're finding it hard. The number is 0800 169 0 169, all calls are free and it's open from 7.00 am to 11.00 pm.

Visit the NHS Go Smokefree Link to External Website website for information and advice.

Page last updated: 30 September 2014