Record numbers stubbing out habit

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust service manager Natalie Belt.
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust service manager Natalie Belt.

The East Riding Stop Smoking Service has managed a record breaking reduction in smoking prevalence across the region.

The service, operated by the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s Healthtrainer team, has helped reduce smoking levels by 5% in just three years.

Natalie Belt, service manager for the trust, said: “I am proud that as a local service we have reduced the East Riding smoking rate to 10.8% making us one of the lowest areas in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

“I am delighted that the residents of East Riding are recognising the need to quit for their overall health and wellbeing.”

The bespoke service is led by smoking practitioners with clients seen on a one to one basis providing a person centred approach to help kick the habit for good.

Starting with a quit date, the service can provide nicotine replacement therapy and work alongside local pharmacies to support and sustain quitting.

Stopping smoking is important for improving health, and the “single best thing” to improve heart health, according to the British Heart Foundation.

Dropping the habit will reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and a variety of cancers including lung cancer.

The Foundation online said: “Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked.

“Stopping smoking has huge benefits and it’s never too late to give up.”

The Healthtrainer service offers personal support and motivation to people in local communities across a variety of topics including smoking, weight management and mental wellbeing.

For more information visit www.nhs-health-trainers.co.uk, call 0800 9177752, text quit to 60163 or email hnf-tr.healthtrainers@nhs.net