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SWFT’s Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors provide support and information to help anyone that wants to quit.
SWFT’s Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors provide support and information to help anyone that wants to quit.

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust used today's No Smoking Day to raise awareness of the negative effects of smoking and bring attention to the many benefits of quitting.

Organised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) the annual campaign is used to encourage smokers all over the UK to begin their journey to becoming smoke free.

This year’s No Smoking Day theme is ‘Proud to be a Quitter. The BHF point out that in life we’re told never to give up – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘Quitter’ is a good thing. To support this message they’re sharing inspirational stories of ex-smokers to show that kicking the habit can be positively life-changing.

SWFT used last year’s No Smoking Day to launch their Smoke Free Sites campaign. The campaign outlines the organisation’s commitment to promote healthy behaviour among people who use or work in their services and is in line with guidelines issued by the National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE). One of the most noticeable changes has seen a smoking ban come into effect on all Trust sites from 1 January 2016. Leading up to this point the Trust worked in partnership with staff from the Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service. Together they have highlighted the local support that is available. This includes free one-to-one support right across Warwickshire because studies show that you’re four times more likely to quit with NHS help. Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors can also help smokers find medicines that can make quitting easier and offer advice on Nicotine Replacement Therapy products. These include patches, mouth spray and chewing gum as well inhalators that mimic the hand to mouth motion that can be missed by smokers. Many of these are available for the cost of a prescription.

Since launching the campaign patients and staff have taken advantage of the service with positive results as the majority have kicked the habit.

Dr Charles Ashton, medical director said: “No Smoking Day is an important reminder of the harm caused by smoking. It damages nearly every organ of the body and dramatically reduces both quality of life and life expectancy. This is why smoking is not permitted on any SWFT site and why it is vital that we work together to eradicate it. The good news is that there is a huge amount of support available to people who want to improve their health by stopping smoking. Throughout Warwickshire we offer support in partnership with the Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service.

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