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Help to give up smoking for 2013

An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district.
Dr Furber.
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An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district. Dr Furber. w0473b950

HELP is at hand for smokers who decide to kick the habitfor 2013.

District pharmacies will provide free Quit Kits for smokers as part of a health campaign by the department of health.

The Health Harms initiative will see smokers issued with kits which include addiction tests, distraction tools and stop-smoking medicines.

The kits will also contain a Health and Wealth Wheel to show how smoking affects health, well-being and bank balance.

Dr Andrew Furber, the district’s director of public health, said: “The Quit Kit has been developed by experts, smokers and ex-smokers and is full of practical tools and advice.

“It’s already helped thousands of smokers successfully quit.

“I would encourage anybody wishing to stop smoking to pop down to their local, participating pharmacy and pick up their free Quit Kit.”

Health bosses have warned that smoking 15 cigarettes causes a mutation that can lead to cancerous tumours.

In 2010-11, there were more than 4,000 hospital admissions in Wakefield due to smoking, costing around £7.2m. In 2010, 615 adults died from smoking-related diseases.

Smokers can log on to www.smokefree.nhs.uk to find their nearest participating pharmacy.

 

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