GPs from the local NHS body West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are warning of the perils of smoking and encouraging people to make the most of this month’s Stoptober campaign.
Despite almost 200 people dying each day from a smoking related condition across the UK*, smoking still remains a habit for hundreds of thousands of people.
Dr Jack Kinsey, local GP and board member at West Lancashire CCG, said:
“We all know the dangers, risks and financial costs involved in smoking, yet thousands continue on with the habit regardless of the severe consequences it is likely to have on their health. What’s more worrying is we know that West Lancashire is higher than the national average for the rate of death due to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which is a collection of lung diseases, meaning the individual struggles to breathe normally.
“We also know that nearly a fifth of mothers in West Lancashire continue to smoke right into their final term of pregnancy and beyond their baby’s delivery. These statistics show there are some major steps to be taken in the future but by working closely with our local Stop Smoking service, our public health colleagues and our community, we hope to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking among the local people of West Lancashire”.
Throughout October, the local Stop Smoking service in West Lancashire is supporting the Stoptober campaign with local drop-in clinics out in the community.
The team will be out in The Concourse every Tuesday afternoon throughout October and in the ASDA supermarket in Skelmersdale every Wednesday afternoon throughout October, welcoming anyone who would like a chat, to collect information or to have a closer look with a lung check or to even monitor their carbon monoxide levels.
Steven Owen, from the local Stop Smoking service in West Lancashire, added:
“Two-thirds of smokers say they want to quit** but only four in ten told a recent survey that they have tried in the last year***. It is surprising how many people actually want to quit but are doing nothing about it. Stoptober is an ideal opportunity to try and quit, and local want-to-be quitters can also access our local Stop Smoking service for further guidance and support. We urge any smokers out there interested in having an initial chat with us about quitting smoking, to get in touch”.
Anyone looking to quit in West Lancashire can contact the local Stop Smoking service via:
- 0800 328 6297 (option 2) or 01695 588047
Stoptober is a campaign which provides smokers with a range of free tools including a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app, text support with daily updates, quitting advice and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media channels. Just searh for ‘Stoptober’ online or contact the above Stop Smoking service for more information.
The West Lancashire Stop Smoking service also runs weekly drop-in clinics at the following times:
Sandy Lane Health Centre, Skelmersdale: (WN8 8LA) 11am — 12 noon
Walk-In Centre, The Concourse, Skelmersdale: (WN8 6LN) 2pm –3pm
West Lancs Health Centre (Ormskirk Hospital): (L39 2AZ) 5pm – 7pm
The Grove Youth & Community Centre, Burscough: (L40 0RZ) 12 noon — 1.30pm
Birleywood Health Centre, Skelmersdale: (WN8 9BW) 3.30pm– 4.45pm
Ecumenical Centre, Skelmersdale: (WN8 6LU) 5pm — 7pm
Hall Green Surgery, Upholland: (WN8 0AB) 10am-11am
New Church House, Ormskirk: (L39 3AJ) 1.30pm — 2.30pm
Sandy Lane Health Centre, Skelmersdale: (WN8 8LA) 3.30pm — 4.45pm
Digmoor Community Centre, Skelmersdale: (WN8 9HR) 10am–12 noon
Hillside Health Centre, Tanhouse: (WN8 6DS) 12:30pm — 1:45pm
Ashurst Health Centre, Skelmersdale: (WN8 6QS) 2pm–3.30pm
Ecumenical Centre,Skelmersdale: (WN8 6LU) 9am — 12 noon