HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

DR Paul Bowen, clin­i­cal chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton IF you’re a smoker who wants to stub it out for good, why not seize No Smok­ing Day as your big chance to stop?

Eastern Cheshire is in line with the na­tional av­er­age of hav­ing one in five adults smok­ing. Yet stud­ies show around two thirds of smok­ers want to quit. That’s why my col­leagues at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group are back­ing No Smok­ing Day on Wed­nes­day, March 8.

The cam­paign aims to in­spire hun­dreds of thou­sands of smok­ers to win the fight against cig­a­rettes.

It pro­vides in­for­ma­tion, sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to put smok­ers in the best pos­si­ble po­si­tion to make a suc­cess­ful quit at­tempt on the day. To find out more, visit www. nosmok­ing­day.org.uk.

Smok­ing is re­spon­si­ble for one in ev­ery five deaths in adults aged over 35 in Eng­land, and half of all long-term smok­ers will die pre­ma­turely due to a smok­ing-re­lated dis­ease.

Giv­ing up smok­ing in­creases your chances of liv­ing a longer and health­ier life. You’ll start to no­tice the ben­e­fits soon af­ter quit­ting. For ex­am­ple:

Af­ter one month your skin will be clearer, brighter and more hy­drated

Af­ter three to nine months your breath­ing will have im­proved, and you will no longer have a cough or wheeze

Af­ter one year your risk of heart at­tack and heart dis­ease will have fallen to about half that of a smoker.

Stud­ies show that you are four times more likely to quit smok­ing if you do it through the NHS.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk and search for ‘stop smok­ing.’

Your GP can pro­vide help and ad­vice about quit­ting, and re­fer you to a stop smok­ing sup­port ser­vice.

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