Information from the Office for National Statistics reveals that the current count of smokers in Leeds surpasses 120,000, with a considerable proportion falling within the age bracket of 25 to 34 years old.
Ceasing tobacco use stands as one of the most effective measures individuals can undertake to enhance their well-being. The act of quitting diminishes the risk of grave ailments such as heart disease and cancer. Moreover, it contributes to improved respiratory function, heightened vitality, and fiscal savings.
The Leeds City Council demonstrates a steadfast dedication to aiding residents in achieving permanent smoking cessation. This commitment is manifested through their aspiration to annually reduce smoking prevalence by 2,500 individuals via the recently instituted Leeds Stop Smoking Service. The service extends complimentary evidence-grounded support in behavioural modification to those desiring to break free from tobacco and other nicotine-related products. Upon enrollment, participants are matched with adept Health Coaches who offer guidance throughout their voyage to a smoke-free existence.
In addition to personalised consultations, collective sessions are also available, conducted at local community venues across Leeds. These gatherings furnish an environment where individuals can navigate their cessation journey with the encouragement of peers encountering similar trials.
Councillor Salma Arif, Leeds City Council executive member for adult social care, public health and active lifestyles said; “People who smoke can be spending around £2,000 a year on tobacco and we are committed to providing support for those who want to improve both their health and their wealth. I would urge people to contact the service for help, even if you have tried to quit before we will keep supporting you.”
Victoria Eaton, director of public health at Leeds City Council said; “Stopping smoking is possibly the single most effective step a person can take to improve their health and wellbeing, and this is true of quitting at any age. Undoubtedly the earlier a person who smokes stops, the greater the gain. Studies show that people who stop before reaching the age of 34 can revert their life expectancy close to someone who is a non-smoker. Accessing support is proven to increase your chances of successfully quitting smoking up to three times.”
Leeds Stop Smoking Service in the community is delivered by Reed Wellbeing on behalf of Leeds City Council. Community service is one element of the support available across the city, sitting alongside other NHS England-funded support available in hospitals and pharmacies.
To find out more or sign up to the service, visit www.leedsstopsmoking.co.uk or call 0800 169 4219.