The Directors of Barnsley Hospital have pledged their support to making the town and the region a ‘Smokefree’ environment by the year 2025.

In conjunction with breathe2025.org.uk – whose aim is “To see the next generation of children born and raised in a place free from tobacco, where smoking is unusual” – the Trust is aiming to do it’s bit to make the change happen.

Tasked with making a change – either big or small – in an effort to improve the health and happiness of the children of 2025, our directors have responded to the hard hitting statistics.

According to figures from breathe2025.org.uk:

  • More than 7 million UK smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Half of all long-term smokers will be killed by their lethal addiction. 100,000 people die of a smoking-related illness every year in the UK.
  • Two-thirds of smokers report that they took up smoking before the age of 18 and over 80% before the age of 20.
  • Two-fifths (40%) had started smoking regularly before the age of 16. Among children who try smoking it is estimated that between one third and one half are likely to become regular smokers within two to three years.
  • In a recent poll, most of us (85 per cent) want Government action to reduce the number of children who smoke.

Director of Communications Emma Parkes explains: “I’m pledging to the Breathe 2025 campaign by making sure that our staff and patients have lots of access to information and resources to help them stop smoking and live happier, healthier lives.”

Meanwhile fellow directors commented: “The hospital is already a Smokefree site and it’s important that we continue to ensure staff can pass on to other people the dangers and consequences of smoking and how bad this can be for your health.

“Smoking is one of the biggest killers across Barnsley. We want patients and staff to give up smoking by making sure that they’re aware of the health risks and the resources are available to help them stop.”

For more information go to: http://breathe2025.org.uk/

See the director’s pledges on YouTube.