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Tobacco awareness

Wed 09 May 2012 16:48

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Tobacco awareness

The World Health Organisation advises the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke.

It is estimated that if this trend continues, it will kill up to eight million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low- and middle-income countries.

Studies have shown that you’re up to four times more likely to stop smoking successfully if you utilise smoking cessation services alongside treatments such as patches or gum. 

If you would like information on the benefits of stopping smoking, the can stop smoking website has lots more information such as how smoking makes you feel healthier and how much money you could save by stopping smoking.

World No Tobacco Day is an annual campaign which runs every year.

Taking place on Thursday May 31 this year, the awareness drive encourages anyone who is thinking of stopping smoking to find out more about the support which is offered at local NHS stop smoking services.

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Image courtesy of Flickr/ Ed Schipul

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