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 (1.35MB) 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 .
There is also information in different South Asian languages available on Smoke Free North West .
If you have children or you are around children take a look at the Take 7 Steps Out 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 lists a few. You can also order a free quit pack to start you off.
NHS Choices 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 website for information and advice.