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Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

It’s never too late To stop smoking Choose the tin not the cigarettes

There are books about it, short films about it, advertising about it, debates about it and in the 1950s it was viewed as sophisticated - what is it? Smoking Stockton’s Smoke Free Alliance brings together a range of agencies to support people to stop smoking and to clamp down on illegal tobacco trade and retailers selling to under 18s. Smoking rates have reduced faster in the North-East in recent years than anywhere else in England. Stockton’s Smoke Free Alliance has supported many national campaigns to help encourage even more people to kick the habit. Recently the Alliance backed the NHS led ‘Stoptober’ campaign which encouraged smokers to give up cigarettes for 28 days throughout October. Research has show that if someone can stop smoking for 28 days they have more chance of giving up long term. Stopping smoking also has financial gains. A family could save £200 for Christmas if just one, ten-a-day family member, gives up smoking. You can obtain a ‘quit and save’ tin by calling (01642) 383819.

sign up to receive texts to help motivate you to stop. Text TIPS to 600046. Smoking and health Smoking can have a devastating effect on health. It causes a range of life threatening conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which makes it very difficult to breathe, to heart disease and lung cancer.

The launch of the Stoptober campaign

The dangers of smoking in pregnancy restricts vital oxygen the baby needs for Anyone interested in giving up smoking can healthy growth and development. Women receive support at a range of Community who smoke during pregnancy are more Drop-in sessions held across the Borough. likely to incur complications which could To find out more call (01642) 383819 or result in a stillborn birth and the risk of cot visit www.nth.nhs.uk/stopsmoking or call death is trebled. Smokefree on 0800 169 1697. You can also PAGE 30

Cigarettes and crime

Anyone who buys counterfeit cigarettes is putting themselves at significant risk as the content could have been mixed with substances other than tobacco. The Smoke Free Alliance is also keen to crack down on illegal cigarette sales as their cheaper retail value often attracts young people to them and encourages existing smokers to increase their daily habit.

Looking out for your health There will soon be a new champion for people who use health and social care services across Stockton Borough. Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees will be launched on 1 April 2013 to help ensure health and social care services are designed around the needs of people who use them. It will also take on the role currently provided by LINks (Local Involvement Networks) and will signpost customers to Health and Social Care Services as well as delivering the Stockton Service Navigation Project. The Stockton Service Navigation Project helps residents access non-medical support within their community. The vision and principles of Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees were shaped through a public consultation which revealed Stockton Borough residents would like the service to:

Since the launch of the Crimestoppers hotline in 2010 there have been 20 reports of illegal sellers in the Borough. In response to these reports Stockton Council’s Trading Standards team, working with HMRC officers, have made numerous seizures. Meanwhile, HMRC officers have seized a total of 143,550 cigarettes and 46.97 kg of hand rolling tobacco from private addresses.

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Trading Standards also carry out test purchase operations where, under controlled conditions, an underage person will try to buy some cigarettes. This makes sure retailers are not selling cigarettes to under 18s. You can report illicit and underage sellers – call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Engage with and build on the expertise of the existing LINk volunteers For more detail about the current LINk services email stocktonlink@shaw-trust.org.uk or call (01642) 636162 Left Judith Rees, Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor, Stockton and Hartlepool Stop Smoking Service with Christine Evans who quit smoking because of her pregnancy – pictured here with her two other children Codie and Zarah. PAGE 31

Stockton News - Winter 2012  
Stockton News - Winter 2012  

The Winter 2012 edition of Stockton News

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