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Tameside keeps quitting

Press Release: 08/07/2019

 
New figures indicate that a thousand people in Tameside have quit smoking in a year, and more than 9,000 have quit over a five-year period.
 
Official figures newly released by the Office for National Statistics show that in 2018:
 
Tameside had 1,091 fewer people smoking compared with the previous year – and 9,582 fewer compared with 5 years earlier.
Tameside has seen the 4th largest reduction in smoking across Greater Manchester over the last 5 years.
The gap between Tameside and Greater Manchester has closed by 2% in the last 5 years – and the gap between Tameside and England has closed by 5%.
Cllr Eleanor Wills, Tameside Council executive lead for health, said:
 
“This is really encouraging. More and more ex-smokers are feeling the benefits of quitting, in terms of better health and also the financial gain.
 
“We’re seeing smoking gradually de-normalised, which is great news not just for ex-smokers. It also means that young people are less likely to start smoking and get hooked.
 
“I think it’s really helpful that we have a free NHS service run by Be Well Tameside, which supports people who want to quit. There’s also the GM Health Hub, which offers support.

“It’s also helpful that organisations are encouraging smokers to quit. For example, Active Tameside have just announced their own smokefree policy, which means that from September smoking won’t be allowed on any of their premises, and we’re seeing more schools and nurseries sign up to earn the Council’s Smokefree Gates Award.”

There have been extensive campaigns recently to highlight the dangers of smoking and to signpost people to the available support, including the current Quit 16 campaign, which draws attention to the sixteen different types of cancer that can be caused by smoking.

Tameside Council counts raising awareness of the effects of smoking and passive smoking as one of its highest priorities, says Cllr Wills. The Council’s Population Health Team encourages anyone who wants to make their event, sports club, nursery or school gate smokefree to email publichealth.enquiries@tameside.gov.uk to find out more. Be Well Tameside can be contacted on 0161 716 2000 or emailed at bewelltameside@nhs.net.

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