Children in forefront of no smoking

YOUNGSTERS in Burton worry about the impact smoking has on their parents’ lives, new figures reveal.

Burton Mail - SmokingThe ‘smoke free generation’ of youngsters are increasingly worried about the health of parents who smoke and say they would never try a cigarette, a study by the NHS Stop Smoking Services has shown.smoke free

The study also showed how youngsters would rather their parents quit smoking than be given more pocket money.

Meanwhile, figures from South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT), which oversees healthcare provision in East Staffordshire, show 22,392 adults and 438 children, aged between 11 and 15, in East Staffordshire smoke regularly.

To help send the message home the Department of Health has launched an advertising campaign featuring real children talking about how concerned they are about their parents’ smoking.

Other figures for East Staffordshire have shown over 69 per cent of people want to quit and as a result South Staffordshire PCT is also offering stop smoking service called ‘Time to Quit’.

The service offers people assistance through pharmacies, GP surgeries and evening clinics, as well as a telephone support service for people who are unable to access a clinic.

Health programme co-ordinator for South Staffordshire PCT Helen Millington said: “Giving up smoking is one of the most important things that parents can do to prevent a range of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory disease, which can have a devastating effect on the lives of their children.”

Smokers wanting to quit will receive a free two week supply of nicotine replacement therapy on prescription for up to 12 weeks.

Further information about quitting is available by telephoning 0800 0434304, texting ‘QUIT’ to 60777, or logging on to www.southstaffordshirepct.nhs.uk.


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