In advance of No Smoking Day on Wednesday 8 March 2023, Stoke-on-Trent residents who have successfully quit smoking have praised the city’s Quit Smoking Service.
The theme of this year’s No Smoking Day is “Stopping smoking improves your brain health”. Research from Alzheimer’s Research UK shows that only 18% of smokers know that smoking causes dementia, compared to over 70% who know that smoking causes lung diseases and cancers1.
Thanks to the support available in the city, the number of smokers is gradually going down but around one-quarter of adults still smoke and around 24 people die each week in the city due to smoking.
One user of the Stoke-on-Trent stop smoking service said: “I think it's a great service overall and will help a lot of people live a smoke free life which can only be a good thing.”
Another responder to the service’s survey said: “The service is amazing, it allows for individual needs which will give the best chance of long-term success. I'm so grateful for the help and confident I can keep going after the program ends. Thank you.”
Free, specialist support is available from the Quit Smoking service for those who live, work or have a GP in Stoke-on-Trent and:
- Have a moderate or severe mental health illness
- Are currently pregnant
- Live with or are the partner or family member of a pregnant woman who is accessing our service.
For those that do not meet the criteria for specialist support, digital support will be provided using a range of technology such as social media, mobile Apps, chat and text as well as encouragement to purchase nicotine replacement therapy or e-cigarettes. Signposting to other organisations is also available where appropriate
Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health said: “It’s never too late to make positive changes for our health and stopping smoking can improve your heart, lung and brain health as well as saving you money.
“It’s fantastic to see that so many users of the Quit Smoking Service have experience long-term success in ditching the cigarettes and I’d love to see more people come forward to access the help and advice that we have available.”
Councillor Ally Simcock, cabinet member for adult social care and health care said: “It’s great to see this year’s No Smoking Day campaign highlighted one of the lesser known impacts of smoking.
While many of us are aware of the lung cancer risks of smoking, far fewer realise the impacts smoking can have on our brain health and the risk of developing dementia.”
Residents can download the free NHS Quit Smoking app or there is a range of support available locally. Support is also available for tobacco users who are planning on using e-cigarettes to help to quit. For more information go to www.stoke.gov.uk/smokefree.
1. ASH Smokefree GB Adult Survey. Total sample size was 13,088 respondents. The online survey was undertaken between 16th February – 21st March 2022. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults.