Lan­guage used not helpful in bid to stop smok­ing

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

LAN­CASHIRE county coun­cil will this week un­veil a £2m plan to help peo­ple give up smok­ing. It has statu­tory re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to pro­mote good public health and this project is part of that.

Six­teen per cent of adults in Lan­cashire smoke, com­pared to 15pc na­tion­ally.

In Lan­cashire, 23pc of peo­ple with man­ual or ‘rou­tine’ jobs smoke.

Lan­cashire’s ‘con­trol plan’ aims to bring this down to 12pc by sup­port­ing peo­ple to give up the habit.

All well and good, but the lan­guage from the coun­cil­lor in charge of this project, Shaun Turner, isn’t par­tic­u­larly helpful.

“It’s crazy that it’s so pre­ventable and dan­ger­ous as well,” he was quoted as say­ing.

I know many smok­ers who want to quit, and many who have tried but found it very hard.

Pass­ing judge­ment on their habit isn’t a good way to start work­ing with them.

Re­gard­less of how much money there is to spend, the hard­est part is nor­mally tak­ing that first step – and peo­ple will want to know those help­ing them are on their side, not pass­ing

judge­ment.

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