More than half of people who last year set a quit smoking date through NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s successful smoking cessation services were heavily addicted smokers.
Out of a total of 13,700 people who accessed either the pharmacy or stop smoking groups last year, 57 per cent were from hardened puffers in some of the most deprived communities within the Board area.
And a large number of these former dedicated smokers have remained smoke-free for 12 months.
Liz Grant, Public Health Pharmacist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:
“Cutting smoking levels is one of NHSGGC’s top priorities. Around 29% of deaths at all ages are attributable to smoking and here in Greater Glasgow and Clyde we have a lot more smokers than the Scottish average.
“It’s absolutely vital, therefore, that we make it as easy as possible for people to give up. Smokefree Services is all about making sure that, whoever you are, whatever your age or gender or where you live, you can get all the help you need.
“Evidence shows you’re four times more likely to quit with help and support when you use these specialist services.”
Notes to Editors:
Smokefree Services can give specialist help to all smokers through community pharmacies and can offer extra assistance to smokers who have other needs too -
· Smokefree Community Services offer informal and friendly support groups, advice and NRT (where appropriate) over a 7-week period for about one hour per week
· Smokefree Pregnancy Services offered to all women booking for antenatal care
· Smokefree Pharmacy Services in Greater Glasgow and Clyde community pharmacies offer NRT and brief support for smokers for up to 12 weeks on a drop-in, no appointment necessary basis
When you stop smoking, did you know that in:
20 minutes blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
1 hour circulation starts improving
20 hours carbon monoxide is removed from the body
1 week the bronchial tubes begin to relax making breathing easier
1 month circulation improves throughout the whole body
1 year lung function improves 5% to 10%
1 year the risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
10 years the risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker
10 years the risk of a heart attack is the same as someone who never smoked
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.